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.

There is still time to have your say about adult mental health services in Norfolk and Waveney, with local people being urged to join the conversation to help take the plans to the “next step and make it real.”

A 24-year-old man has admitted he is at breaking point after waiting more than a year to receive treatment from the region’s mental health trust.

The organisers of a charity event promoting access to mental health services for men have shared a mother’s poignant account of her heartbreak.

Mental ill health in men has been called an epidemic. Health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at why men are struggling, and what is being done to highlight the issue.

Ahead of the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday, organisations are keeping wellbeing at the front of their minds.

Bosses from the region’s mental health trust and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn have said improvements have been made since they were placed in special measures.

Universities are highlighting the effects of social media on wellbeing ahead of Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year.

Exam periods and studying at university away from home can be tough, but Norfolk students now have a furry friend who can lend a paw.

Suffolk’s mental health trust needs a “culture change”, leaders have told the first council meeting chaired after its third ‘inadequate’ health inspection.

Three patients taken to the county’s busiest accident and emergency department in the last eight months tried to self harm while at the hospital because they were not properly assessed.

A Norfolk charity founder who suffered post-natal depression is looking forward to “giving hope” to other parents in her role at the region’s new mother and baby mental health unit.

For two years Cédric Anselin has been an ambassador for mental health after publicly revealing a suicide attempt and a 14 year battle with depression.

When Rhianwen Smee signed up for a gruelling, 48-mile ‘ultra’ marathon to raise cash for the eating disorders charity Beat, she opened up to friends and family for the first time about her own struggles with food. The Holt mum-of-four, who has already topped her £400 fundraising target, talks to KAREN BETHELL about her lifelong battle with binge eating disorder.

A Norwich City legend has criticised “archaic” comments made by a Talksport radio host about Andy Murray’s emotional retirement announcement saying they do nothing to reduce stigma around mental health.

Norwich-based national eating disorder charity Beat is partnering with Norfolk Community Eating Disorder Service to provide training for parents and carers of people with eating disorders.

A Norfolk chef who has struggled with mental ill health is set to hold his third monthly social event surrounding wellbeing.

A “cruel and desperately unfair” postcode lottery which locks some Norfolk families out of accessing fertility treatment on the NHS could come to an end after announcements made as part of a long term plan for the health service.

Up to 500,000 lives could be saved under plans for the NHS in England over the next decade, health chiefs claim. But what does the announcement mean for Norfolk and Suffolk? Health correspondent Geraldine Scott explains.

A senior manager at the region’s mental health trust’s troubled crisis service was previously dismissed from another NHS organisation for gross misconduct, it can be revealed.

Palliative care beds will finally be made available for patients in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as a new service is set to be launched.

Mental health services for those with more serious issues at a Norfolk prison have been taken back into NHS hands from private firm Virgin Care.

People should pay more tax so funding to cope with growing levels of mental ill health can be doubled, an MP who also works as a doctor has said.

A care home in Wisbech has been ranked as outstanding for putting people at “the heart of their service”.

As the new year begins, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer takes a look at six of the biggest challenges which the region is facing in 2019.

It has been another year of high demand and difficulties for the region’s health and social care service, health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at what 2019 could bring.

A resident at a failing Norfolk care home was left without medication needed for their mental health for a week, it can be revealed.

A counsellor who has provided one-to-one support to patients with mental ill health for 27 years has spoken of her anger at a decision to cut the service.

Green-fingered volunteers have used their skills to give service users, staff and carers at East Anglia’s mental health trust a special Christmas gift.

A “total failing” of the region’s mental health trust contributed to the death of a 41-year-old woman, according to her brother.

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