Exclusive: Two people turn up to A&E every hour in mental health crisis

An ITV News Central investigation has found that two people are turning up to A&E's across the Midlands every hour with a mental health problem.

Our exclusive report follows the story of a man who went to an emergency department twice in one night after he tried to kill himself.

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Full report: People turning up to A&E hourly in mental health crisis

An ITV News Central investigation has found that every day, 60 people are turning up to A&E's across the region with a mental health problem.

Not all of the A&E departments have staff trained in the area and campaigners are warning lives are being put at risk.

Tom Dunning, who ended up in casualty twice in one night after trying to take his own life, says it took three years for him to get the help he needed.

Rebecca Burrows has this exclusive report.

'Lives are being put at risk', says charity Mind

Mental health charity Mind has told ITV News Central that the current mental health system is in ‘crisis’ and lives are being ‘put at risk’ as a result.

Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer Vicki Nash said that because services aren't available, people are being forced to go to A&E.

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Royal Derby Hospital: 'We're seeing 5,000 plus patients a year'

Dr SimonThacker is a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Derby Hospital.

He told ITV News Central they have seen a large number of people coming through their A&E department in recent years with a mental health problem.

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