Mental Health Watch

Our Mental Health Watch campaign was launched in October 2015. Its aims are to reduce the stigma around mental health issues, raise awareness as well as campaign for improved services in Norfolk and Suffolk, where the trust is in special measures.

A specialist unit for new mothers with serious mental health problems is set to open in Norwich.

Patients’ confidential details have been left in a restaurant, found on pavements and emailed to the wrong people in hundreds of data protection breaches in Norfolk and Suffolk’s NHS.

Mums on a mission to get active and meet like-minded people can pull on their trainers at a new free women’s running group.

Stuart Rimmer, CEO at East Coast College (formerly Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Colleges), pictured, believes leaders at schools and colleges have an important role to play in championing wellbeing.

For far too long mental health provision in both our region and across the country is something which has been neglected in comparison to physical health.

If you are reading this it means you have a brain and therefore a mental health.

The charity Rethink Mental Illness has put together some tips for those who support someone with a mental illness. Here they are.

Today, we know that eight in 10 children going to their school nurse with stomach pains are experiencing anxiety. Back in 1991, when I first started having panic attacks, the condition was relatively unheard of. In fact, I was given an inhaler because my GP assumed my difficulties breathing were due to asthma.

Living with a mental health condition can feel lonely, isolating and sometimes faceless.

Tallulah Self has been living with an eating disorder for a number of years, but only sought help in 2015.

Looking after the mental health of those in Norfolk and Suffolk is a partnership, says Amanda Hedley, CEO at Norwich Mind.

Graham Harbord had stopped doing the things he loved to do.

Andrew Stronach says that talking is the most important tool in the journey to recovery.

A self-employed roofing contractor from Attleborough almost lost his business after suffering with mental ill health.

Sarah Booton, 34, from Norwich was first diagnosed with depression when she was 15.

People from across the region living with mental ill health have shared their tips for coping on the road to recovery.

Ren Bezant, 22, had struggles with mental ill-health when she was at Framingham Earl High School taking her GCSEs six years ago.

A DJ whose job forces him to go out and socialise has told of how living with depression and bipolar can make every day difficult.

Some anxiety is part of student life, says Dr Jon Sharp, director of student services, University of East Anglia, but it is important to support those who experience mental ill health.

Kimberly Myhill, 27, has had depression for as long as she can remember, but was not diagnosed until she was 22.

A Norwich actress has spoken candidly about how autism and mental illness are connected, as she preapres to appear in a TV show where she plays a woman with issues similar to her own.

It’s no secret that schools budgets are tight - and that extra support is dwindling. Lauren Cope looks at how our schools and colleges are working with what they have to make sure pupils’ mental health remains a priority.

Hundreds of thousands people tackle it every day and, for many, it is overwhelming - but often misunderstood. One person, from Suffolk, living with obsessive-compulsive disorder shares their experience - and how they overcame it.

Former features editor at Cosmopolitan ROSIE MULLENDER says there should be no stigma around taking antidepressants.

Caring for someone with a mental health condition can affect carers’ own mental health and wellbeing, according to Norfolk Carers - the local information and support service for unpaid carers.

Thomas Colley was just eight years old when he started to have mental health problems - something he did not understand at the time.

It was just a few days before her 16th birthday when Fiona Waters was admitted to an adolescent psychiatric unit.

After artist Katherine Gilmartin went through 18 months of therapy with her son Finley, 11, she produced a number of pieces which mapped her journey. Here, she explains what a select number of pieces mean to her.

As the number of both men and women admitted to hospital for an eating disorder rose by 70pc in the last six years Andrew Radford, chief executive of Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity which is based in Norwich, tells how early treatment is vital.

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