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Pop star turned vicar says mental health hospital "saved my life"

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Pop star turned Northamptonshire vicar, The Rev Richard, Coles says a mental health hospital saved his life when he was 17.

The Rev Richard Coles was talking about mental health and sexuality during a visit to St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton as part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.

He met staff and patients, before taking a tour of the hospital grounds and meeting both adults and adolescents on the wards.

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He said: "I was an inpatient here myself when I was 17 when I had an episode of clinical depression and a crisis that followed."

I was an inpatient at Isham House - I was in group therapy there and it saved my life. It literally saved my life.

– The Rev Richard Coles

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity committed to transforming the lives of their patients and addressing the stigma of mental illness.

The charity employs more than 4,000 staff across its services in Northampton, Birmingham, Nottinghamshire and Essex.