Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Today launches the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. Dealing with not just the absence of a mental health problem, but having the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows people to enjoy life and deal with the challenges it presents.

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Mental health nurses on front line with police

The number of people with mental health issues being held in police cells has more than halved since a new scheme was introduced. Nurses are now being deployed alongside police officers across the South East. It's to ensure that patients are given safe and appropriate care instead of being taken into custody. Tom Savvides has been on patrol with one of the specialist teams in Sussex as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Tom talked to Linzi Whiteman, Mental Health Nurse; PC Nathan Morris, Sussex Police; Suzanne Williams, Patient; Alun Stere-Jones, Senior Nurse Practitioner; and Supt Dave Padwick, Sussex Police.

"You never get over trauma on front line"

"You don't ever get over it' - the words of one army veteran on his experience of violent trauma on the front line.

Of course, it goes with the job, but for many the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be as devastating as any physical injury.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we've been looking at the issues facing thousands of our veterans and serving troops.

As Rachel Hepworth reports, attitudes towards mental health in the Armed Forces have changed dramatically during the last century.

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Mothers speak out about postnatal depression

It's supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life - but many mothers are struck with crippling feelings of depression and inadequacy after the birth of their children.

It can strike any time in the first year after a baby is born - and increasingly it is being recognised that fathers can suffer too.

As part of our Mental Health Awareness week, we've been speaking to a group of mothers in Basingstoke - about how postnatal depression affected them. Sarah Saunders reports.

Mental Health: Postnatal depression - 'It helps to know you're not alone' & dads can suffer too

These mums hope to help others by sharing their experiences

Becoming a parent is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, but many mothers are struck with crippling feelings of depression and inadequacy after the births of their children.

It can strike anytime in the first year after a baby is born - and increasingly it is being recognised that fathers can suffer too.

For the third item in our series on mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week - we have been speaking to a group of mothers in Basingstoke. They have shared their stories about how postnatal depression affected them - and how knowing there are others who have the same feelings has helped them to come through it. Here's Sarah Saunders.

The mental heath charity, Mind, has advice on issues surrounding both perinatal maternal health issues and postnatal depression.

NHS Choices also has information about symptoms and treatment for people with postnatal depression.

Footballers tackle mental health through sport

Football and mental health have made headlines in recent weeks with a growing number of players revealing they've had to seek help with the issue.

Last week, Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act over fears for his safety.

But the beautiful game can help those battling the problem. In Monday night's programme, Derek Johnson talked with the Swale Tigers, a football team made of players with mental health issues.

He spoke to manager Toni Golden, and co-founder, Matt Bromley.

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Mothers share their sad and moving stories

All this week we are focusing on mental health - raising awareness and exploring what more needs to be done. The mothers of two young women who took their own lives when suffering from mental illness are sharing their incredibly sad and moving stories.

Jax Missen and Mandy Park want to help prevent others from experiencing the kind of loss they are living with. They're encouraging parents to be vigilant and calling for more help for struggling teenagers.

Hannah Groves who was a former student of the University of Kent killed herself aged just 20. Brittany Missen was just 19. Christine Alsford reports.

Interview with Professor Cathy Creswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading.

A generation on the edge - the scourge of social media

Today, the charity, the Mental Health Foundation, said - in a survey of 2,000 people - two in three adults have experienced severe panic attacks or depression.

Eighty per cent of young people have said exam pressure has affected their mental health.

In fact, three children in every classroom has a diagnosed mental health problem - and rates of depression and anxiety are rising - with every year.

Social media is also putting more pressure - on our young people. Mel Bloor has this special report - with one Reading charity.

Veteran finds help after 30 years suffering

One man tells of his battle to find contentment as £9million is pumped into helping improve the mental health and wellbeing of service veterans and those still in the forces.

Removing the stigma of mental health

One of the key ways to help bring about mental health awareness is by removing any stigma - and starting a conversation.

ITV Meridian viewers have been getting in touch to share their experiences and help others.

Sam Holder shares what ITV Meridian viewers have been telling us online

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