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:
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 number of teenage boys suffering from mental health problems is on the rise, with more boys suffering from anorexia, a top head teacher has warned.
Bernard Trafford, who runs Newcastle's Royal Grammar School, warned the number of male pupils suffering from an anxiety-related condition has risen as they are under pressure to achieve academically.
Childline figures from 2012 - 2013 suggest 278,886 calls to their hotline were made by young people regarding mental health issues, with 5,208 made by boys about image issues.
According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 443 children under 13 were treated for an eating disorder by the NHS in 2010-11, including 79 under 10.
Mr Trafford explained: "One in 10 children will suffer from a mental health disorder at some stage of their school career, that's two of three in every class and it's getting worse."
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One in six calls made to the Samaritans is about money worries and it is generally men making those calls.
Figures published today show that in the last five years the calls about money, jobs and housing have nearly doubled.
The charity is gearing up for a busy period this Christmas. Earlier, we spoke to Libby from the Samaritans. We started by asking her how the Samaritans can help people under financial pressure.
A Tyneside charity says it is now dealing with cases of people contemplating suicide because they are no longer entitled to ill-health benefits.
Mind in Gateshead says that the Government's back-to-work scheme does not take mental health seriously enough and is forcing people back to work too soon. A review into the scheme published today recommends that benefits assessors get more training around mental health. Dan Ashby reports.
A statement from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust said:
Nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint on mental health patients in England were recorded in one year - with more than 3,000 in the "dangerous" face-down position - according to figures released by a charity.
Mind said data obtained under the FoI Act showed 39,883 reported incidents of physical restraint in mental health trusts during 2011/12, with at least 949 people with mental health problems being injured.
The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust reported 3346 incidents in one year.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust also recorded 923 incidents of face-down restraint according to the charity's figures.
A separate survey by Mind of 375 frontline healthcare staff involved in physically restraining people with mental health problems, showed:
- 22% had not had face-to-face training on physical restraint techniques in the last 12 months
- 42% said that, with hindsight, they felt that restraint had sometimes been used "inappropriately"
A report has highlighted a string of failures by the NHS trust responsible for a man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia who killed a mental health worker.
Ronald Dixon showed repeated warning signs that he could be violent, but consultants still classed him as 'low risk'.
It was a flawed assessment that led to 22 year old Ashleigh Ewing being sent to his Newcastle home on her own. Dixon stabbed her 39 times.
Kenny Toal reports:
A report into the death of mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing says she should not have visited a man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia alone, and that Ronald Dixon should not have been managed in the community.