Suicide: where to find help

The North East of England has some of the country's highest rates of suicide. Here are organisations which may be able to help.

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Organ donation: The facts

On Transplant Week 2014, health care organisations are encouraging people to consider organ donation. They say by donating your organs, after you die, you help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people.

Fewer than 5000 people die every year in the UK in circumstances where they can become a donor and in the UK, three people die every day from a lack of donor organs.

In the North East:

  • One quarter of patients needing a transplant eventually die because of a lack of donor organs
  • More than 30 people have died due to the shortage of organs in the last year
  • There are currently more than 300 people in the North East waiting for a transplant
  • There is a need for more people from Black and Asian communities to join. On average only a third of people from these communities give permission
  • You can join the register and tell your family your wishes
  • You can also become a donor when registering for a driving licence or at a GP surgery

You can join the organ donation register by clicking here



Yorkshire Ambulance staff to walk out on Grand Départ weekend

A number of Ambulance staff in Yorkshire are preparing to walk out for most of the Tour De France weekend.

The trust running the service, says the action by members of the UNITE Union, which represents about ten per cent of the workforce shows a total disregard for the welfare of patients.

The union claims changes to shift patterns could effect public safety:

Dementia diagnosis left too late

Listen to Ken Payne tell his story about Alzheimers to Derek Proud.

Not enough people with dementia are being given an early diagnosis so they can be given the support they need.

That's the findings of the Alzheimer Society.

Today it launches a campaign to make sure no one waits more than 12 weeks for a diagnosis after seeing their GP.

35,000 people in the North East have dementia.

In Northumberland less than half of those with the condition get any diagnosis at all. In contrast, the rate in South Tyneside is more than 70%.

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