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Breaking into news: Why is mental health funding so low?

One in four adults will suffer from mental health problems at some stage in their lives - and many campaigners believe funding to tackle the issue remains woefully inadequate.

That was the motivation for one young woman to contact ITV West Country - and make a film about her experiences of living with mental illness.

Katie Noonan from Honiton did that as part of our Breaking into News initiative at ITV - a scheme aimed at giving young people the chance to get involved in broadcasting.

She's received the support of not only her family and friends but her local MP.

Watch her full report, and listen to Katie live in the studio, on ITV WestCountry tonight at 6pm.

Here, Ben Bradshaw tells Katie what he thinks of her efforts.


Mental health unit closes after criticisms

A hospital trust has closed a unit in Bristol after criticism of the care of its patients. The Lansdowne Unit at Blackberry Hill Hospital looked after adults suffering mental health problems.

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust has been issued with warnings about the care of patients and the suitability of the unit itself. The trust says the safety of patients was never in question. Eli-Louise Wringe reports.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust criticised in report

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership has been severely criticised.

It follows two killings committed by patients in their care.

An NHS report has slated the trust demanding changes in leadership, culture and style.

The main findings of the report are:

  • Trust was target driven, bureaucratic and controlling
  • Concerns over aspects of safety
  • Weak clinical voice in decision making
  • Urgent need to change culture and leadership