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North East has highest percentage of people reporting mental health problems

Mental Health Awareness Week Photo: ITV News

Figures from the Mental Health Foundation show that the North East has the highest percentage of people who've reported suffering from a mental health problem.

In the North East, the percentage is 71%. The area with the lowest percentage is the East of England at 59%.

The figures also revealed that:

  • 40% of people surveyed had suffered with depression
  • 32% had experienced panic attacks
  • 4% had suffered post natal depression

ITV News Tyne Tees spoke to the man who runs the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England.

John Lawlor said in his career in the field, he has seen a steady rise in the number of patients being referred to specialist services over the last few decades.

He says there are many complicated reasons for that, but amongst them are the problems of deprivation and the stresses of modern life:

  • Watch Rachel Bullock's report here:

Imani Summer is under the care of the same trust.

The mother of two, from Northumberland, has spoken openly about her depression on her blog and is raising money for Tyneside charity MIND where she's now a volunteer.

Imani's illness began when she was a teenager but like many people, she was too afraid and embarrassed to admit how low she was feeling.

It meant that her condition deteriorated as she grew into adulthood, and she attempted suicide.

Fortunately, she received the help she desperately needed and is now recovering but feels positive about her future:

If you are concerned about your own mental health, or the mental health of someone you know, you can find help here:

Watch Rachel Bullock's full report:

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