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The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) reality star opens up about his mental health

September 7, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid, Eloise Cadman and Alex Youngs

The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) reality star opens up about his mental health

TOWIE reality star Tommy Mallet talked about his mental health in last week’s episode.

According to the Metro, ‘the reality star cried as he spoke to girlfriend Georgia Kousoulou about not being able to leave the house in an emotional chat aired on Sunday night’s show.’

Mallet has been praised by fans on social media for his want to help other young men struggling with their mental health.

In the episode Mallet said: ‘I feel like I need to do something for people. I need to sort myself out first, but I’d like to try and help people.’

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Call for university staff to get suicide prevention training

New guidelines say university staff who deal with students should receive training in suicide intervention and prevention.

The Office for National Statistics estimate 95 students took their own lives in the 2016-17 academic year, The Guardian reports.

The guidelines, published by Universities UK and the youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus, says institutions should use ‘alert systems to detect patterns of difficulty such as not engaging with academic work,’ as well as signs outside of university, such as not paying rent, fees or disengagement with activities.

However, this guidance makes brief reference to data protection issues that can obstruct universities from contacting families of vulnerable students.

The higher education minister, Sam Gyimah, backed a proposal in June that ‘would lead students to being asked if they want to opt in to an alert system authorising the university to contact their parents if they find themselves in a mental health crisis.’

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Ed Sheeran joins Music 4 Mental Health fundraising concert

The UK popstar has announced he will be taking part in Music 4 Mental Health event.

According to the Metro, Ed Sheeran said: ‘Music is a language that everyone understands and has the power to unite people from all walks and thoughts of life. I can already feel the conversation opening up in regards to mental health so now it’s time to take action and really help people.’

‘With these great charities and the support of the music industry, we have a chance at doing something amazing.’

Sheeran will be performing alongside other musicians, such as James Arthur and Ella Eyre.

James Arthur, who has also talked about his experience with anxiety and depression, said: ‘Mental Health and the issues that surround it can only be tackled by people speaking out about it. The Music 4 Mental Health fundraiser showcases the commitment being made to bring mental health awareness to people’s attention and I’m proud to be a part of a cause that’s very personal to me.’

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In case you missed it…

Suicide rate among UK men at lowest since 1981 – Suicide rates among men in the UK are at their lowest in 30 years.

Children forced to travel hundreds of miles for mental health treatment – Under 18s are travelling up to 285 miles for mental health treatment due to bed shortages.

Are doctors receiving mental health support? – There are concerns that some medical professionals in England are unable to get the help they need.

Three people are sectioned in Northern Ireland each week– Over the past five years more than 1,000 people have been sectioned in Northern Ireland under the 1986 Mental Health Order.