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Extra training for police call handlers

Police call handlers are being given extra training to help them deal with distressed callers Credit: PA

Devon and Cornwall police call handlers are being given extra training to deal with suicidal callers.

It follows an increase in the number of distraught callers threatening to harm themselves.

It is aimed at giving the staff a better understanding and knowledge so they can deal with difficult phone conversations.

Could GPs do more for mental health issues?

Healthwatch Cornwall says people who go to GPs with mental health problems should be getting more help Credit: PA

More support should be given to people who visit their GP with mental health issues.

That is according to a survey of patients by Healthwatch Cornwall which found more than half felt they had not been offered a choice of treatment and a quarter believed they weren't referred to a suitable organisation.

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Devon mother is a Mental Health Hero

A mother from Devon has received an award from the Deputy Prime Minister for her charity work.

Debbie Humberstone from Axminster was nominated as a Mental Health Hero by her daughter, who she helped through mental illness.

The award was in recognition of Debbie's charity, The Project, which tries to help young people with mental health issues by setting up a network to support those aged between 12 and 24.

We've got a team of volunteers and staff who all share my passion, and they all deserve this.

And the young people who we support, the one's who live with these issues and face them with such courage and determination - so the award is for them as well really.

– Debbie Humberstone, founder of The Project

The charity founder is one of ten winners from the region, chosen from 900 nominees.

Jobless young people face mental health issues

The Prince's Trust says unemployment among young people is taking its toll on mental well-being Credit: PA

Young people who are jobless are prone to mental health problems, according to a study by the Prince's Trust.

It says that long-term unemployment can make youngsters twice as likely to need anti-depressants. Almost 1 in 5 young people in the South West have had symptoms of mental ill-health.

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New mental health nursing jobs for Cornwall

Bodmin Hospital. Credit: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The NHS Trust that runs mental health services in Cornwall is spending half a million pounds creating new jobs for nurses.

The money will go on 19 new frontline posts at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The positions will be based at Longreach House and Bodmin Hospital, as well as community teams in Truro and Falmouth.