Tom McAlpine
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'How my mental health issues helped me help others'

All this week BBC News has been looking at Britain's growing problem with mental illness, hearing from sufferers, politicians and the professionals who are in the front line of care.

But, up and down the country, there are also charities and voluntary organisations dedicated to helping those who have developed mental health problems.

One in that army of volunteers is Tom McAlpine, who set-up the MoodSwings charity in Manchester in 1999 with a belief that it is possible for those suffering even severe mental health issues to make a good recovery.

Tom and his group have helped thousands over the years and some say he has literally save their lives.

In The Mind - a series exploring mental health issues

Explained: What is mental health and where can I go for help?

Mood assessment: Could I be depressed?

In The Mind: BBC News special report (or follow "Mental health" tag in the BBC News app)

  • 19 Feb 2016
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