He is the man who founded one of the region's best-known children's aid organizations, but behind his successful front is a father who has suffered depression.
Now, Paul Bannister uses his mental health experience to help other men who find him hard to deal with everyday life
And to celebrate the Week of Mental Health, which begins on May 14, has his new organization called ManHealth commissioned a series of strong short films that aim to embody the symptoms of depression such as social isolation loss of appetite and libido and suicidal thoughts
The Northeast has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country and he strives to cope with the growing statistics.
The videos were written by the writer and actor of County Durham David Napthine, whose work includes pieces for Channel 4, the BBC, and currently Writer in Residence at Durham University, is intended to give a better insight into how depressive thoughts a Suf ferer's life
Paul, 53, founded Heel & Toe Children's Charity, which, after being inspired by his daughter Hannah, has children with cerebral palsy and their families supported.
He was honored with Big Lottery Cash to establish ManHealth, the first peer-to-peer support network for depressed males in the region.
Paul, a former economics teacher who worked at Prudhoe High School and Kepier Academy in Houghton. Le-Spring struggled for years with his own mental health. But he found that friendship with another sufferer helped him overcome the condition.
His experience led him to ManHealth, a non-profit society that challenges a culture of silent suffering and wants to give more men the opportunity to talk openly about mental health and suicide.
Paul said, "Through our friendship, I gradually became aware of my own depression, on bad days I could not get out of bed, something that I had just made sick, it got into me I could not accept that there was a problem at all
"This friendship formed the foundation of the ManHealth concept. After initial research, I became convinced that there is a need for a service composed of groups of similar and like-minded men who feel confident and supportive and speak with confidence about their problems with poor mental health. "19659002" He added: "In the northeast, there are pockets in the old mining communities, which are among the country's highest suicide rates. The national average is 12 to 100,000, but that number jumps from 24 to 100,000 in places like Shildon and Bishop Aukland.
Following the launch of the first support group in Paul's hometown of Shildon, County Durham, ManHealth now plans to conduct sessions across the country's northeast, hoping the new films will encourage more men who have experienced depression.  <img data-src = "https://i2-prod.chroniclelive.co.uk/incoming/article14651838.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Paul-Bannister-who-has-established-ManHealth-the-regions-first- peer-to-peer-support-network-for-me.jpg "alt =" ManHealth, the region's first peer-to-peer support network for men with depression  ManHealth, the first peer-to-peer support network for Men with Depression
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Paul said, "When we get to these men who feel isolated and alone, encourage them to talk to someone, many of whom are irreversible human Tragedies could be avoided.
"Men sin It's not good at the best of times, but often mental health is a particularly sensitive issue that is not discussed as it is
"Combining shame, embarrassment, and male pride over their mental health problems, even theirs closest friends and family, is completely off the table.
"But discussing their problems with others in a similar position who have been through or are going through similar problems, such as experiencing depression, we found a very positive response.
"I hope letting go of these During Mental Health Awareness Week, we can highlight the issues surrounding depression and encourage more men to talk about mental health.
The first movie will be released on Sunday at 7 pm https://youtu.be/lMdCs1KgfRU the other two will be released during the week To see the movies, visit ManHealth
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