For anyone to get to the point where they are standing on the ledge of a motorway bridge , saying their life isn’t worth living, something has gone heartbreakingly wrong. Equally if you are discovered wandering around in a daze on a rush-hour carriageway, having disappeared from a psychiatric unit, you are in need of help and treatment. We have written about women in both these desperate crises over the last fortnight, but not because they were receiving help. The stories came about because both of them were prosecuted for their actions. In each case, police charged them for disrupting traffic. They were hauled before the courts, told off, and sent away, one of them straight back into psychiatric care. It was the patronising quotes from the magistrates in the first case - a grieving teenager who had threatened to jump on six occasions - that really made me shudder. Having been told that her actions had closed the motorway for 20 minutes, the bench issued her with a community … [Read more...] about ‘The system treats mental illness like an inconvenience
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IF Matthew Wrightson didn’t do as his ex-wife wanted, she’d disconnect his computer, hide the cables and force him to do housework. Even worse, she’d threaten to limit his access to the children if he dared to even think about leaving her. Despite being married for seven years and having three children together, Matthew was rarely allowed free time with them. “If I did overtime at work, for example, and she wasn’t happy about it, she would threaten to pack her bags, [take] the kids and leave the country or even throw me out of the house,” Matthew, 41, a commercial project manager from Peterborough, tells Sun Online. Matthew is one of the increasing number of men who are the victim of coercive controlling relationships. A new study found that more than a third of men in the UK have admitted being a victim of such a relationship, which strips the victim of their liberty and sense of self and became illegal in December 2015. Separate research suggests … [Read more...] about I stayed in an abusive relationship with my wife because she threatened to not let me see my kids if I left – and there are plenty of other men like me
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2019 | UPDATED: 07:04 13 April 2019 Paul Williams Dereham based Liverpool Fan Paul Williams Archant © 2009 Norfolk-based Liverpool fan Paul Williams was 18 when he travelled to Hillsborough 30 years ago this Monday. Today he recounts the day that changed his life forever Paul Williams, 18, from North Elmham, who escaped from the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough pictured two days after the disasterApril 15, 1989 was supposed to be a day of football and joy. An FA Cup semi-final between two of the giants of the game, at the time, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. It should have been a match to decide who would go to the final, at Wembley. It was back in the days when the FA Cup really meant something. It was a gorgeous Spring day as we arrived at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium. The winners of this semi would meet the winners of the other tie, between Everton and Norwich City, who played their match, … [Read more...] about ‘Trapped like fish in a trawler net’
Opinion Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea PA Archive/PA Images In this week’s column Mike Bacon takes a look at footballers’ wages and gears up for a big golf clash! Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea Photo: PAI shouldn’t be so sensitive.And anyhow, after being a journalist for more than 25 years you would think I ought to know that perhaps a little bit of ‘journalistic licence’ goes into some reporters’ stories.But then again....The news this week from a popular national newspaper that, (and I quote)... ‘David de Gea will leave Manchester United for PSG this summer unless the club match his £350,000-a-week wage demands’, got me all in lather.Lionel Messi, can change a gameI mean, is it just me?Why does a footballer... A footballer for goodness sake... Need £350k a week to survive in 2019? What’s wrong with say £190k?I know, I know, it’s the way it is Michael, market forces and all … [Read more...] about Bacon’s Bites: Supping it up on the football gravy train, and isn’t Brexit like VAR?
CHARLOTTE Crosby has come a long way since her first foray into reality TV and the early Geordie Shore series. Now the star is a published author and TV presenter and she's even got a new show in the works. Here's the lowdown... Who is Charlotte Crosby and what did she do before Geordie Shore? Charlotte, 28, was actually born in Sunderland, to the south of Newcastle. Her parents are called Letitia and Gary Crosby and she attended St Anthony's Girls School. She has a younger brother named Nathaniel. After achieving good GCSE and A-Level results, Charlotte planned on studying criminology at university. She worked a short stint working behind a bar named Ttonic in Sunderland but she quit her regular job when she was selected to appear in Geordie Shore in 2011. Ever wondered what Charlotte looked like before Geordie Shore came along? Here you go: What did Charlotte Crosby do on Geordie Shore? Charlotte became a popular member of the Geordie Shore cast – and worked on the show … [Read more...] about What did Charlotte Crosby look like before Geordie Shore, is she on Instagram and what is her net worth?