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Barrow MP reveals struggle with depression

BARROW and Furness MP John Woodcock has revealed he is suffering from depression.

Mr Woodcock, who broke the news via twitter and on his website, said the condition was linked to head injuries suffered when he fell off a ladder last year.

He said: “It was this week I decided to go to my GP to be prescribed medication. It was after a few months of talking things through with my wife, Mandy, who sees me at close quarters and shares how difficult the process of recovery from my head injury has been.

“The people of Furness have been so understanding since I've been recovering and I've been quite open about taking things slowly and having a reduced workload.”

Mr Woodcock said he was inspired to go public with the news by the stories of public figures like former boxer Ricky Hatton.

He hopes it will encourage others suffering from similar problems to speak out.

Mr Woodcock said: “One in five of us will suffer from mental health problems but we are a million miles away from there being one in five people who are able to hold their hands up and talk about it. That means there must be a lot of people who are in need of help."

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Evening Mail.

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I would like to ask a question to Another sufferer, If that is exceptable to them? Being a Champion for the Charity, Time To Change & as a Service User & Volunteer for over 30 years? I would like to know, was the reason you were not able to recognise your Illness for so long, anything to do with the Stigma? Or did the lack of Mental Health Services being offered locally have any bearing on the matter? Congratulations on your recovery & even the fact that you have been able to except that as an old Issue, also I am so pleased personally, that John Woodcock MP, has had the courage to come forward with his experiances, people need to talk about there Mental Health, its hiding it away & thinking You are alone that causes most of the problems? But Mental Health like Physical Health should not be used as a political football? So hopefully now our MP & others have raised the Issue how about a little support for our community to build up our badly neglected Mental Health Service here in Furness & not just the physical Issues? I would also like to thank the Evening Mail for all its support over the years in keeping our area so well Informed & for reporting these hidden stories that so often go unheard or not talked about? With this in mind, I hope it would be OK to mention just one of the campaigns that just may offer a life line & who offer hope by linking people together, Time To Change website can be found at www.time-to-change.org.uk, Lets end Mental Health Discrimination!

Posted by Stephen Turner on 5 December 2013 at 23:51

I sympathise with him as l also suffer from this, it is a hard thing g to accept when you are used to being the fixer and suddenly the tables are turned acknowledging the problem is the first step to seeking help but for some it is the reason behind the depression that needs addressing and sadly for some that it not always possible.His present experience will give him a better understanding of what some of his constituents are going through right now as well.

Posted by M. Grainger on 5 December 2013 at 16:02

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