Be Cool, Be Nice: we stand against bullying

At Channel 5, we’re proud to stand against bullying in all its forms. That’s why we’re lending our support to the Be Cool, Be Nice campaign this Anti Bullying Week.




We’ve joined celebs such as Kendall Jenner, Willow Smith, Rita Ora, and Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie in supporting this awesome campaign. Be Cool, Be Nice advocates kindness, good manners and all-round sound behaviour towards others, both off and online.




Anti Bullying Week is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. It takes place between the 13th and 17th November. This year they will be promoting difference and equality in schools. You can keep up with all their amazing work by keeping an eye on the #antibullyingweek and #abw17 hashtags on Twitter.







If you’ve been bullied, or know someone who is or has suffered from bullying, here are some useful sites which can offer you help and advice.


You can also call these helplines:

Samaritans UK – 116 123

Bullying UK helpline – 0808 800 2222

The Yorkshire Vet Live

Join TV favourites Julian Norton and Peter Wright this Autumn with tickets to The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live!

Click here for tickets.

Promising to be bigger and better than ever, this year’s event, taking place on the 21st and 22nd  of October 2017 will have Julian and Peter as its star attractions. You’ll be able to catch them on either day in their live Yorkshire Vet shows. Tickets are available from 1 September.

Peter Wright and Julian Norton

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Children will be kept entertained with a kids’ section that includes a Channel 5 Milkshake show, a  family friendly interactive area and the chance to get up close to some real-life farm animals, as well as plenty of opportunities to learn about the countryside in an entertaining and inclusive way.

Talking mental health with Dr Liz Lee

The most common mental health conditions are anxiety and depression which can vary greatly in severity, causing anything from mild distress and unhappiness to suicide and disabling anxiety that prevents someone from leaving the house or engaging with work and social activities.

Although depression and anxiety are the most common, there are a huge range of mental health conditions from eating disorders, to addiction, to personality disorders. Some conditions, like schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, can require a lifetime of medication and support from psychiatric services.

But how can you get help if you think you’ve got a mental health problem, what can GPs do to support you, and what is the secret to a healthy mind? We caught up with GP and mental health specialist from the show, Liz Lee, to ask some of our burning questions.

  • Why do you think mental health is sometimes taboo?

“For some people, especially among men and the elderly, it is still very difficult and takes some courage to come to the GP to discuss these sorts of problems. Some people no doubt see anxiety and depression as a sign of weakness and this hinders them from seeking help.

“I think that, certainly in some groups of the population, there as a slight lessening of this taboo though – the idea of putting your feelings into words is now recognised as being important.”

  • What’s the first thing you should do if you think there’s a problem with your mental health?

“If you have active suicidal feelings then you need to see a GP urgently and should tell reception that it’s potentially a life threatening emergency when booking your appointment, or ask for a same day telephone consultation with the GP and explain how you’re feeling. If you are unlucky and neither of these approaches work, the alternative is to go via A&E.

“If you aren’t feeling suicidal but think there’s a problem, talk to family and friends if you can to see if they are worried about you and have a look on the NHS website as there’s lots of sensible advice there. Ask yourself if it is a problem that is getting worse, does it come and go, and might it be normal to feel sad or anxious sometimes?

“If it doesn’t feel ‘normal’ to you and it’s not getting better over a period of two weeks, ring the surgery and book a routine appointment to see the GP.

“Schizophrenia and bi-polar are different to depression and anxiety in that those affected usually have no insight into what is happening and have to be brought in for help, sometimes even having to be forcibly treated under the Mental Health Act.”

  • Should you see a GP about your mental health?

“It depends on what works for the patient. GPs can make a diagnosis in most cases, following which a treatment plan can be developed, but some people prefer to see a private therapist or call a support line such as Samaritans or Cruse to talk about the problem.

“There is also a tendency for people to put aside feelings of depression and anxiety in the hope they will get better themselves – which they often do.”

  • What happens when you go to a GP with a mental health problem?

“The GP will talk about how you are feeling, paying particular attention to specific negative thoughts. If a major mental illness is suspected the GP will also be trying to illicit abnormal beliefs and thinking patterns. The GP and patient can then try to identify increasing stressors like alcohol and drug intake.

“Many patients are greatly helped just by starting this conversation, and most come back for further appointments to monitor the improvement or deterioration of the symptoms.”

  • What treatments can GPs offer?

“GPs can prescribe for both depression and anxiety (the amount of prescriptions has seen a huge increase lately) or refer patients to the IAPT service which is available nationwide and offers a number of talking therapies, mostly based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Because CBT is an ‘educational program’ it means the patients learn how to self-manage some of their problematic negative thoughts and its positive effects have been shown to be well maintained in many people a year or two after treatment has finished. Both CBT and antidepressants are helpful in treating depression and anxiety.

“For major mental health disorders GPs refer patients to the psychiatric service. If it’s an emergency the Crisis Team will visit someone within four hours, but most are triaged and seen at a later date which can be up to three months later. Patients are mostly supported by the psychiatrists for long periods of time and eventually discharged back to GP care when they are less unwell.”

  • Is there a long waiting list for counsellors on the NHS?

“It varies for CBT but my patients get assessed within three weeks and treatment starts within 10 weeks. Some surgeries are piloting in-house mental health nurses who look after patients and offer counselling.”

  • What alternative ways can you receive mental health support if not via the normal NHS route?

“There are lots of charities in the field offering support and treatment as well as local support groups. There is also private therapy – you can get anything from full psychoanalysis for one hour three times a week (for years), to private CBT for just twelve one-hour sessions over 3 months.”

  • What are your tips for maintaining a healthy mind?

“Physical and mental health are intertwined so keeping fit and reducing addictive behaviours will surely help one as much as the other – yoga works on this principal.

“There’s also Mindfulness which, although it hasn’t been proven to prevent initial depression, has been shown to reduce relapse in patients with recurrent depressive disorders so it’s good for maintenance therapy.

“Generally, it’s important to find your own way. Talk to someone you trust about worries if they become oppressive. I personally walk and think, make sure I have some fun every week and keep an eye out for changes such as sleep disturbances, increasing tearfulness and loss of enjoyment of normal things.”


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15 Questions You’ve Never Asked Your GP

A visit to the GP usually entails us rambling on while answering the GP’s questions… but what would happen if the tables were turned?

Life as a GP is a bit of a mystery as we only get to witness a small ten-minute snippet of their day when we go in for a check-up. While we may get to see more than just ten minutes inside the surgery in GPs: Behind Closed Doors, we still don’t get all the questions we’ve ever wanted to ask a GP answered. So we caught up with Dr Amanda Ramshaw from the show, to do just that.

When did you first decide you wanted to be a GP?

In ’98, after qualifying to be a doctor. I tried women’s health and pediatrics for a while which were interesting, but decided neither were for me. As soon as I started being a general practitioner I took to it straight away, it was like I was born to be a GP.

Why become a GP instead of another type of doctor?

There’s so much variety to being a GP, you see so many different conditions and so many different people – you might see three or four generations of the same family that you know and treat too. You’re never bored!

What’s the best thing about your job?

It has a real buzz to it – knowing you can make a difference in people’s lives by listening to them, helping them, and making them feel better.

What’s the worst thing about your job?

The hours – I do what’s called 7 half days, which actually means I work around 50 hours per week.

Do you ever go out and socialise with any of the other GPs/ nurses?

We do regular nights out and there’s now a social committee, so we’ve done fun events like group bowling and a Christmas do. We’re lucky in that we have a sociable surgery – it’s compulsory here that we all eat lunch or get a coffee in the common room at the same time every day, which I think hardly any surgery does.

Do you ever get embarrassed when someone comes in with an awkward health complaint?

Never, I don’t think there’s any condition that could embarrass me.

Do you ever catch your patients’ illnesses?

Rarely – I think you build up an immunity over time.

Do you ever prescribe medicine to yourself, family and friends?

We’re not allowed to prescribe anyone anything outside work, though we might get asked for advice by our family and friends. It wouldn’t be ethical to prescribe ourselves medication, or see a GP from within our practise – we all have our own GPs separate to work.

What’s something you wish patients knew about life as a GP?

How busy and demanding it is – many of us run late every day. Although the programme is called GPs: Behind Closed Doors you only really see a small taster of what it’s like – it’s very busy and there’s such a lot going on. We always try to run on time, but of course we only get 10 minute slots with each patient which isn’t enough for some appointments, and we sometimes have to deal with urgent requests on the day.

Is the NHS as good as it could be?

Everybody across the NHS is under enormous pressure with increasing demand and decreasing resources. I do sometimes worry about what’s going to happen in the future.

What’s something that patients always come to you with that they shouldn’t worry about?

I think if someone’s worried enough to make an appointment then they are right to come in. One person’s worry is different to another’s. Of course, there’s definitely an argument for educating yourself first, by looking up symptoms and causes online (NHS Choices is a very useful website), but I don’t think I’ve ever thought that it was a waste of time for a patient to come in to get checked.

What’s something that people commonly don’t pick up on that they should get checked?

Common ones that the NHS says to look out for are having a cough for more than three weeks and rectal bleeding, as those could both be signs of cancer.

Is work ever distressing?

Yes, it can be distressing. I don’t live near the surgery so I have about a 20-mile drive home which I think is good because I can unwind as I drive. It’s good to discuss any distressing things with colleagues or spouses but also to keep work separate when you can so that you can switch off.

What’s your best advice for staying healthy and happy in life?

I guess I see a lot of patients who don’t enjoy what they do which I think is really important to your overall happiness, as well as having a good work/ life balance. Then there are the key things like healthy eating and exercising regularly too. The most important thing I’d say is that you do what works for you individually. Like when exercising, for example, make sure you’re exercising in a way that you enjoy.

What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a GP?

I’d say go for it – it’s a fantastic job and really fulfilling, as hard as it may be.

Dr Amanda Ramshaw is a GP partner who loves running, sailing and cooking and is a full-time working mum to her ten-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

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Director General of the historic Hôtel Hermitage found in the heart of Monte-Carlo


Heidi Fossali
Ultra-exclusive event’s organiser to the French Rivera’s elite

Patrice Franck
Head Sommelier at the Hôtel de Paris, home to the most exclusive wine cellar in the world