TIME TO CHANGE; Today the DAILY Mirror Launches a Campaign for Proper Recognition and Treatment for the Soaring Number of Men, Women and Even Children Suffering Mental Health Problems. It's Time to End the Shame. It's

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TIME TO CHANGE; Today the DAILY Mirror Launches a Campaign for Proper Recognition and Treatment for the Soaring Number of Men, Women and Even Children Suffering Mental Health Problems. It's Time to End the Shame. It's


Byline: NICK OWENS nick.owens@sundaymirror.co.uk

FRANK Bruno today joins the Sunday Mirror to launch a major campaign to help the increasing number of people with mental health problems.

The ex-World Heavyweight champ is one of thousands of men, women and children who have been hit by illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Experts say the problem will get even worse as many struggle to cope with the recession.

Yet each week disturbing new reports emerge of people being turned away by doctors and social workers when they ask for help.

To end this shame we have joined forces with Frank and three leading charities to embark on our Fight For Mental Health campaign.

We are working with Mind, Mindfull and Rethink Mental Health and today ask you to go to our website to add your support, sending a message to the Government that more needs to be done for vulnerable people.

Add your name at www.

mirror.co.uk/pledgewall

CRUCIAL

Our call for action comes at a crucial time. A recent report by Mind said: Four in 10 mental health trusts (41 per cent) have staffing numbers well below the recommended levels.

Nearly one in five (18 per cent) who ask the NHS for help are not assessed.

Only 14 per cent of sufferers say they felt they had all the support they needed.

Only a third of people who come into contact with the NHS are assessed within four hours, as recommended.

Less than a third (29 per cent) said they felt all staff treated them with care.

With services in such a drastic need of overhaul, we will lobby Ministers to bring in safeguards for patients.

We will demand an end to Government cuts which have decimated many services.

And we will be highlighting examples of poor care. We are also teaming up with children's charity Mindfull to improve services for the soaring number of youngsters hit by mental illness.

Frank's battle with bipolar disorder started when he retired from the ring in 1995. He was sectioned in 2003 then twice last year.

He says: "Mental illness can affect everybody and asking for help isn't easy. But when people take the brave step of doing that, all too often the care they receive isn't good enough.

"This has to change and I will be fighting alongside the Sunday Mirror for that to happen."

OUR PARTNERS

Sue Barker of Time to Change, which campaigns to end the stigma of mental illness, said: "The stigma is preventing people from seeking help, finding jobs, having friends and being part of a community.

"Today we are asking Sunday Mirror readers to help us achieve 100,000 pledges of support to end discrimination."

Emma-Jane Cross, founder of MindFull, said: "MindFull is pleased to be part of The Sunday Mirror's campaign. Around 850,000 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue. That's three in every classroom. But the majority are being let down or ignored.

"These young people deserve the right mental health support. Counselling must be available and easy to access.

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