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Mother calls for major changes to mental health services after daughter's death

Heather Carey Credit: family photo

A mother whose daughter took her own life is calling for major changes to mental health services.

Heather Carey, a law graduate, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She was 31 when she died.

Her mother Karen says the mental health care system needs rebuilding.


Judy Finnigan: Vicious comments on social media drive women out of TV

Richard and Judy chat to Lucy. Credit: ITV News.

Presenter Judy Finnigan has said scrutiny from the media led to her decision to end her television career.

Being interviewed alongside husband Richard Madeley for ITV News Granada Reports, the presenter, 70, said she had "developed an allergy" to working on television.

She said: "Part of that is being fed up of being trailed after by paparazzi and people like that, you get to the point where you just think 'I don't want anything to do with it any more'."

But she said the scrutiny had not stopped since she stopped appearing on screen.

She said: "I've not been on telly for ages and I don't want to do any more, it's fine, I'm having a lovely time, but they still bloody follow me around, the paparazzi."

Finnigan, who presented ITV's flagship daytime programme This Morning with her husband from 1988 until 2001, also spoke out about how comments on social media affect women.

She said: "I do know quite a lot of women in television now who are finding it very hard to agree to appear on things because they get such vicious comments on social media and I think it is much worse for women."

The couple. interviewed by Lucy Meacock as she marked her 30th year on Granada Reports, met while working on the north-west news programme.

They revealed they shared their first kiss after covering the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on.

I do know quite a lot of women in television who are finding it very hard to agree to appear on things because they get such viscous comments on social media.

– Judy Finnigan

Richard and Judy, who have been married for 32 years, met while working at Granada Reports.

The couple launched This Morning at Liverpool's Albert Dock in October 1988 and presented the programme for more than 10 years.


Dementia garden - a growing hit with young and old alike in Bolton

Next the magical new dementia friendly space that a hit with young and old alike.

It comes as the Alzheimers Society revealed that 225,000 will develop dementia in the UK this year, that's one every three minutes.

The space at Mill View care home in Bolton was made possible thanks to a special garden grant from the Local Authority.

Rachel Townsend reports on the popular new alliance between old and young.

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