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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.
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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:
"Reasons for restraint can include a patient being violent or aggressive to either themselves or others with a small percentage of patients requiring high levels of restraint due to the complex nature of their illness.
"Analysis of our figures has shown that a small group of less than 50 patients, who demonstrate very complex and high-risk behaviours, account for over two thirds of the recorded incidents of restraint.
"Our staff are given extensive training in recognition, prevention and de-escalation skills as well as methods of physical restraint and the risks associated with the use of physical restraint to ensure that they can manage episodes of violence and aggression in a safe, supportive, dignified and professional manner in line with national guidance.
"As one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in the country, covering two large cities in the North East, we recognise we are one of the highest reporters among those organisations who responded to Mind's Freedom of Information request.
"Our recorded statistics are comparable to other mental health trusts of similar size and who also provide a similar range of regional and national specialist services.
"Due to the specialist nature of a number of our services such as our forensic services, the trust cares for some of the most complex and challenging patients from all over the country, which means that the figures may be higher when comparing to areas without such specialist services."
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"
"Physical restraint can be humiliating, dangerous and even life-threatening and the huge variation in its use indicates that some trusts are using it too quickly.
"Face-down restraint, when a person is pinned face-down on the floor, is particularly dangerous, as well as extremely frightening to the person being restrained. It has no place in modern healthcare and its use must be ended."
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.
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