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@Sathnam @LWhateley @Rethink_ Every mental health professional must see this moving story

  • Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera (Sacha Dhawan) moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University.
  • Now in his late 20s he is planning to reveal to his family that he will defy expectations of an arranged marriage – but instead learns a painful family secret.
  • This is a touching, humorous and emotional story of a second-generation Indian growing up in Britain and how he juggles his family, love life and career.
  • It is based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of Sathnam Sanghera which explores the sensitive subject of mental illness with courage and sensitivity.

Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera (Sacha Dhawan) moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University. Now in his late 20s he is planning to reveal to his family that he will defy expectations of an arranged marriage – but instead learns a painful family secret.
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BGT dancer, 15, thanks Simon Cowell for paying for back surgery

Britain's Got Talent dancer, 15, thanks Simon Cowell for paying for back surgery

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    MerseyGirls on Britain’s Got Talent with Julia Carlile second from the right

    A 15-year-old dancer who appeared in the final of Britain’s Got Talent has thanked Simon Cowell for paying for two life-changing operations on her back.Julia Carlile, who is part of the dance troupe MerseyGirls, has scoliosis, a back condition where the spine is curved to one side.Cowell appeared to offer her financial help when he said: “Whatever happens, we’ll make sure you’re all right.

  • “She said she has now had two successful operations in the United States.Julia, of West Kirby, Merseyside wrote on Twitter: “Second surgery was a success!
  • Thankyou @SimonCowell @CowellOnline #strong #recovery #fighter”MerseyGirls were Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer act, which meant that they went straight through to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.They then made it through to the final, in which they came ninth.

MerseyGirls star Julia Carlile, whose dance troupe were Britain’s Got Talent finalists, has scoliosis.
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BBC accused of discrimination as salaries reveal gender pay gap

BBC accused of discrimination as salaries reveal gender pay gap

  • The BBC was forced to declare salaries of its employees this year

    Britain’s public broadcaster BBC came under fire today for its gender pay imbalance after it was forced to reveal how much it pays its top-earning talent.

  • For the first time in its 94-year existence, the BBC was this year forced to release a list of its employees paid more than 150,000 pounds (USD 195,000, 170,000 euros) between 2016/2017, after a change in its charter last year.
  • Britain’s licence fee, which pays for the BBC, stands at 147 pounds per year.
  • He argued that the BBC had reduced talent salaries by 25 per cent in the past four years and said publishing the list was a “bad idea” because it could tempt other companies to poach talent.
  • Lineker was the BBC’s second-highest earner last year, pocketing 1.7 million pounds.

BBC accused of discrimination as salaries reveal gender pay gap – The BBC was forced to declare salaries of its employees this year
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BGT's Harry Gardener praised by Alzheimer charity

  • If you watched Britain’s Got Talent at the weekend you will have seen a Chelmsford teenager getting a standing ovation for his singing performance.Harry Gardner, 16, sang Not Alone, a song he wrote about his nan Maureen McGuinness who had dementia.
  • She died from the disease in April, shortly after his audition.The teenager has now been been praised by Alzheimer’s Research UK for the work he’s done to raise awareness of the condition.Last year, the song went viral for the charity and helped raise £8,000.
  • Following his audition, judge Simon Cowell said he would remember it because it was “very genuine” and “absolutely showed your talent as a song writer”.
  • “Last year Harry was made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK, an accolade given to those who have gone “above and beyond” to raise funds and awareness for the charity.The charity’s director, Tim Parry, said they were “thrilled” to see him on Britain’s Got Talent.
  • “Harry is an inspiration to young people and we’ve been blown away by his commitment to support the charity in honour of his nan,” he said.

If you watched Britain’s Got Talent at the weekend you will have seen a Chelmsford teenager getting a standing ovation for his singing performance.
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Mental health police incidents at ‘shocking’ levels

  • “We have reviewed and made significant improvements in the way that we record police incidents that are linked to mental health and this is reflected in the data.
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  • Parliament Street, which studies political issues, called for greater investment in mental health services.
  • Parliament Street’s mental health spokesman, Danny Bowman, said: “These findings reveal the shocking numbers of mental health issues currently being dealt with by police forces across the country.
  • A government spokesman said: “People experiencing mental health crisis need the right care in the right place, not a police cell.

Figures show police faced 240,000 incidents involving people with mental health issues in 2016.
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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust sailing challenge for cancer patients

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust sailing challenge for cancer patients

  • Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust sailing challenge for cancer patients
  • Round Britain 2017, organised by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, will take place between May and September and will visit more 60 towns and cities.
  • In 2005 Dame Ellen broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe.
  • About 100 young people recovering from cancer are taking to the UK’s seas in a “confidence-building” project run by yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight selected

About 100 young people recovering from cancer are taking to the seas in a sailing challenge run by yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.
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‘Parents need lessons for children’s mental health’

'Parents need lessons for children's mental health' @BBCNews

  • ‘Parents need lessons for children’s mental health’
  • The Faculty of Public Health sets standards for public health specialists in the UK and covers 3,300 professionals.
  • Children in care ‘too often denied mental health treatment’
  • Mental health support ‘denied to children’
  • It says: “Mental, emotional or psychological problems account for more disability than all physical health problems put together.

Parents should have lessons on how to raise their children provided by the government, Britain’s leading public health expert has said.
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