A CHARITY that helps to support people with mental illness has been raising money in Ludlow.

MIND works to support people who have mental health problems and to raise awareness of the condition that experts say will affect one in four people.

Despite progress mental illness is still regarded by some as a taboo and the charity works to reinforce the message that conditions such as depression are illnesses and not weaknesses.

The Government has pledged to put more money into mental health services especially for young people as a result of work by groups such as MIND.

In the UK suicide is the biggest killer of young men.

There were 5,668 suicides in the UK in 2016, an average of more than 15 every day although this is considered to be less than the true figure. Three quarters are men.