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Mental Health Watch

As we launch our Mental Health Watch campaign, aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health issues, raising awareness and improving services in Norfolk and Suffolk, where the trust is in special measures, we set out our manifesto.

Everyday life can get us down, but how do you tell if you are just having another bad day or if there is a more serious illness?

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, there may be times when their condition gets worse. This is known as a mental health crisis and requires swift action to protect the person or other people.

Mental Health Watch

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Healthcare professionals who used to work at the region’s mental health trust have slammed “rotten foundations” stemming from a radical redesign six years ago.

The boss of the region’s failing mental health trust has set out areas the organisation will focus on in order to recover.

A young blogger whose poor mental health left her too afraid to leave her house has held a fundraising day for Mind.

New data has revealed the number of doctors at the region’s mental health trust has shrunk over the last five years - whilst the number of managers has risen.

A Suffolk mental health nurse is being allowed to practice again five years after being struck off by a regulator.

Unionists have slammed a Suffolk health group as “outrageous” after it failed to inform people about a last minute relocation of a public event.

Children experiencing feelings of depression are twice as likely to engage in dangerous online behaviour, a Suffolk cybersurvey has found.

A team of special constables who give up their own time to support people experiencing a mental health crisis in Essex has been nominated for a national award.

“Outstanding is the next step for us.”

Health bosses across Suffolk and north-east Essex are today launching a campaign to improve awareness of diabetes.

Ipswich Hospital has reviewed its mental health procedures after a 66-year-old man died on a ward having told staff he had considered suicide in the weeks leading up to his death.

Students have helped to highlight mental health and wellbeing issues among young people when they took part in a Suffolk-wide survey.

We all know people who seem to have the unerring ability to bounce back, whatever life throws at them.

A Suffolk grandmother with a history of burning herself was found engulfed in flames on a mental health ward after she set herself on fire with a cigarette lighter in her handbag, an inquest heard.

Campaigners have reacted with outrage after it emerged four bosses at the region’s failing mental health trust were each awarded £10,000 pay rises last year.

Seven MPs from across Norfolk and Suffolk met with mental health bosses to thrash out an action plan for recovery.

Celebrations are underway as the trust running Colchester’s hospitals is lifted out of special measures for the first time in four years.

The state of children’s mental health in Suffolk has been revealed in a startling new report released today.

A call has gone out to family and friends to help staff get relatives and friends who are in hospital up, dressed and moving, by ensuring they regularly bring a fresh supply of comfortable clothing and footwear for them.

The percentage of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff working for the region’s mental heath trust that are experiencing abuse from patients and their families is increasing.

Theresa May has visited East Anglia to mark the launch of a major government review into mental health in the workplace.

Controversial plans for patients in Southend-on-Sea to recover from hospital treatment in private homes have been rejected by an NHS boss.

A new partnership has been formed to offer “unique and inspiring” workshops across Suffolk for people suffering with mental ill health and emotional difficulties.

An interim director of nursing, quality and patient safety has been appointed at the region’s mental health trust.

Two executive directors have handed in their resignations at the region’s beleaguered mental health trust.

A third of teenagers and young adults at a Suffolk health and wellbeing cause have anxiety issues, a new report has revealed - as demand for counselling continues to increase.

An innovative nursing scheme helping people cope with a wide range of health care problems has been hailed as a trailblazing example for other communities in the county to follow.

The Duchess of Cambridge put her morning sickness behind her when Paddington Bear asked her for a dance - and she revealed she was fleet of foot.

Health chiefs have welcomed extra funding for Colchester hospital in a bid to reduce the number of ‘bed-blockers’.

Families in need of mental health support in Suffolk are being “pushed to breaking point and beyond” due to failings in the care system, it has been claimed.

Mental Health Watch

Our Mental Health Watch campaign was launched in October 2015. It’s 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. Please sign our pledge.

If you have an experience of mental health, whether as a patient, carer, relative or friend, and are willing to tell us about it, please tell us your story.

Your response will not be published and will be sent to the team running our campaign.

If you are prepared to be identified in any future articles please add your contact number.

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