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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.

Opinion: This is not a battle to be fought alone

Monday, August 14, 2017

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.

Former lad magazine editor MARTIN DAUBNEY puts to spotlight on men’s mental health - and asks what really makes men happy.

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.

Mental health campaigner and author Natasha Devon MBE recommends seven social media accounts to follow as she joins the EDP as guest editor for our mental health takeover.

Leading by example, chief executive of the region’s mental health trust Michael Scott talks of his own family’s struggles with mental health.

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.

Veteran and chief executive of the Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing CIC, Luke Woodley talks about the kind of mental health support veterans need - and it is not just PTSD.

North Norfolk MP and former health minister Norman Lamb says while much has been achieved in mental health, there is still a long way to go.

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.

As a private counsellor in Norwich Deborah Spratling looks at the importance of childhood in future mental health.

Perceptions around depression need to change, says Dawn Boyd, as we should all try to judge others less.

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

With cuts to children’s services, charities like OPEN are in the front line, with an increasing number of young people presenting with mental health issues. OPEN CEO John Gordon-Saker, tells of their importance.

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.

Opinion: Depression - myths vs reality

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

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