This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and I want everyone across Mansfield and Warsop to come together, to listen to others and to highlight the support that is available to those who need it most.
I’m really proud to be a member of a Party that is so committed to making mental health as much of a priority as physical health. Mental health funding has been increased to record levels, which is a really positive step forward.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on body image and the impact it can have on mental health. I have raised this issue directly with Ministers and recently tabled a question to the Health Minister regarding what plans the Government has to ensure that people with eating disorders are able to access treatment and support.
I'm pleased that the Government acknowledged that early intervention is crucial when helping people with an eating disorder, which is why waiting time standards were introduced in 2014. The standards brought mental health in line with other NHS services. I also welcome £150 million of Government funding to expand eating disorder services and staff for 70 extended or newly established community eating disorder services.
Our long-term plan for the NHS outlines how the Government will improve services for people with common and severe mental health problems, make more care available in the community, boost emergency and inpatient care, and ensure suicide prevention remains a priority.
We realise that too many people are still not getting the right support on mental health issues and there is still more to do. I’m glad that this Government will continue to invest to provide everyone with the care and support they need.
During Mental Health Awareness Week I would urge everyone across Mansfield and Warsop to listen to your friends and family, and to encourage people to seek help when they need it.