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Overcoming depression - a Rugby star's story

The latest statistics show there are more than seven hundred deaths a year from suicide.

And men are in the majority by more than three to one.

So what's being done to help.?

Rugby League star, Danny Sculthorpe, works with the charity "State of Mind".

He's involved with a team of professionals raising awareness of mental health issues within sport.

He talked to Granada Reports about his own struggle with depression.

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North West has highest rate of suicide in the UK

North West has highest rate of suicide in the country Credit: PA

The North West had the highest rate of suicide in the country in 2012, according to new figures published by the Office of National Statistics.

There were 12.4 deaths per 100,000 population.

The lowest rate was in London, where the rate was 8.7 deaths per 100,000.

The group most vulnerable to suicide are men aged 40 to 44, at 25.9 deaths per 100,000 population.

North West 'pledge campaign' will help improve NHS

People in the North West are being invited to team up with health and social care workers to improve the NHS.

It comes ahead of NHS Change Day on March 3, which calls on NHS staff across the country to pledge to make a positive difference to patient care.

This year, members of the public are being asked to make their own pledges for the first time after a poll of more than 1,000 people found that eight in 10 believed they could do more to help their local health service.

Anyone who joins our patient and public pledges therefore has a chance to make a real difference. NHS Change Day belongs to everyone who takes part; it's a genuine opportunity to make simple changes and do something better together.

– Dr Damian Roland, one of the founders of NHS Change Day

Four key pledges have been chosen based on feedback from people in the North West, they are:

  • not missing scheduled appointments
  • seeking out information on local healthcare providers before needing to access them
  • giving up at least one hour to volunteer with the local health service
  • and giving feedback about experiences of health and care services.

Northern Rail - Travel Update

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