The former York City footballer, Clarke Carlisle has today said he felt "no shame" about his recent suicide attempt as he joined the Deputy Prime Minister at the launch of a project to tackle mental health discrimination in sport.
The 35-year-old former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association spent six weeks in a psychiatric unit after attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire in December.
Speaking at the Oval Cricket Ground in London during the launch of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, Carlisle said:
People are very delicate stepping around it - there's no shame invested in it for me. I tried to commit suicide because I was incredibly unwell, but it's changed my life. I stand here today with a very different perspective of what it means to be alive in this world.
A large proportion of society will look at a sports star and say: 'You're doing the job of you're dreams, you're getting paid fantastic amounts of money, you're getting adulation and playing in front of crowds, what have you got to be unhappy about?'
Depression, anxiety, all the plethora of strands of mental health, they've got nothing to do with happiness or sadness. It's an illness. It's not a choice, it's not an option, it needs treating in the right manner.
Major sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and the Football Association, have all committed to sign the charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the world of sport.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance and Professional Players Federation have brought together around 20 organisations, including leading mental health charity Mind.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has announced it has reached the £8 million pound mark.
The news comes on the seventh anniversary of the the charity, which funds research into clinical cancer trials.
Sir Bobby, who lost his battle with cancer in 2009, set-up the foundation with the aim of raising half a million pounds.
The clinical trials, which take place at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, help cancer patients from across the North East and Cumbira
We’re absolutely thrilled by this new fundraising total. It’s incredible really. We had no idea how well-supported we would be when we launched in 2008. Bob would be stunned.
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The Millennium Bridge, on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, has been lit up blue and yellow after a campaign by a North East mum.
Sharon Douglas, from Gateshead, contacted her local council for permission to change the colours on the bridge in support of World Down's Syndrome Day.
Sharon's two-old-year old son, Johnny, was born with the condition. She said campaigns like this help highlight the impact that Down's Syndrome has on families.
A third British health worker has been tested for Ebola at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The worker, who does not have any symptoms, has been assessed and discharged to spend the next 21 days in isolation.
They were helping to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, alongside a volunteer from the US, who has been diagnosed with the virus.
Two other people who were being tested in Newcastle have also been allowed to leave. They were identified as possible contacts of a British military worker in Sierra Leone, who was diagnosed last week.
One of two military health workers being tested for Ebola in Newcastle has been discharged.
Public Health England confirmed that they would be kept in secure accommodation and monitored for symptoms of the disease for the rest of their incubation period.
The pair were flown back to the UK from Sierra Leone last night because they may have had contact with another worker, also from the UK military, who has Ebola. That worker is being treated in isolation at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
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Two military healthcare workers who were in close contact with a servicewoman diagnosed with Ebola have returned to the UK for monitoring but are not showing any signs of the disease.
The two, who have not been diagnosed with the disease, travelled on separate EU Medevac flights to Newcastle, before being taken to the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary for monitoring over a 21-day incubation period in line with Ebola response plans.
The pair were identified alongside two other medics as having been in contact with the infected worker.
The two medics and the infected worker were transported back in an RAF plane to the Royal Free Hospital in London yesterday, with the remaining two brought back today.
A spokeswoman for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "This is a precautionary measure. The risk to other patients and wider public from Ebola is very low but all appropriate actions are being taken to protect the public's health."
York Central MP, Sir Hugh Bayley, has expressed his concern that a military healthcare worker from Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, who was serving in Sierra Leone, has tested positive for Ebola and is being flown to the UK for treatment, along with two of her colleagues who will be tested at the RVI in Newcastle.
Sir Hugh visited Queen Elizabeth Barracks in December last year to meet the Commanding Officer of Medical Brigade, Colonel Steve Archer, and his team to hear about the work they are doing in Sierra Leone.
“I hope that the healthcare worker who has been confirmed with Ebola will make a full recovery, and that her four colleagues will not contract the disease. I cannot praise highly enough the work that the 2nd Medical Brigade are doing in Sierra Leone, and by eradicating this devastating disease in Africa they are preventing it from spreading to other parts of the world and protecting people here in the UK.
“I have contacted 2nd Medical Brigade to ask them to pass on my best wishes to the personnel concerned, and to ask whether they have identified the point at which the health worker was infected and whether this will require a change in their working procedures.”
A British medic, who has been flown back from Sierra Leone after testing positive for Ebola, is believed to be from North Yorkshire.
The health worker is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London where she is being held in a special high-level isolation unit.
The woman has not yet been named, but York Central MP Sir Hugh Bayley understands she was from Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, on the outskirts of York.
Two of her co-workers who were transported back in the RAF plane are being monitored for the disease as a precaution.
I hope that the healthcare worker who has been confirmed with Ebola will make a full recovery, and that her four colleagues will not contract the disease.
I cannot praise highly enough the work that the 2nd Medical Brigade are doing in Sierra Leone, and by eradicating this devastating disease in Africa they are preventing it from spreading to other parts of the world and protecting people here in the UK.
The woman was one of 22 people trained at the hospital who went to West Africa to help curb the epidemic.