Ahead of World Mental Health Day, the Burton Mail and Uttoxeter Advertiser has launched a survey to find out people's experiences of mental health.

The survey, which has the support of mental health charity Mind, aims to shine a light on what people in our community are experiencing.

National statistics say approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

The charity Mind states that while the overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope.

In 2012, the former inpatient psychiatric facility, the Margaret Stanhope, in Burton, was closed by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

At the time it was claimed the closure was part of a modernising process which "strengthened" its services by allowing mentally-ill patients to be treated at home or in the community.

The Burton Mail led a campaign to save the facility and Friends of the Margaret Stanhope was set up, led by Dr Matt Long. Burton MP Andrew Griffiths also campaigned against the closure.

Despite a valiant campaign and a Mail petition signed by more than 8,000 people, health bosses went ahead with the closure. The site will now be the location for a dementia support centre.

High profile campaigns, such as Heads Together, led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Harry, have encouraged people to break the silence around mental health problems.

The Time to Change campaign, led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, said: "For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all."

Trinity Mirror, which owns the Burton Mail and Uttoxeter Advertiser, will be surveying people across the UK ahead of a mental health awareness campaign in October. The results will provide a reflection of our readers' experiences in each community across the UK - they might be very similar, or quite unique.

Please share your experiences by completing this short survey here .

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