Don’t suf­fer in si­lence, says town MP

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DAMIEN Moore has made an ap­peal to res­i­dents in the town who may be af­fected by men­tal health not to suf­fer in si­lence.

The new Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who was elected in June has al­ready cham­pi­oned the cause fre­quently, be­com­ing the deputy-chair­man of the all-Party Par­lia­men­tary Group (APPG) on Men­tal Health and most re­cently wel­comed the new £21m men­tal health in­vest­ment into the town as a huge suc­cess.

His ap­peal fol­lows the an­nounce­ment by the NHS that one in four peo­ple in Eng­land are af­fected by a men­tal ill­ness, whilst the num­ber of pre­scrip­tions pre­scribed has dou­bled in the last ten years.

Whilst he has ar­gued that there is more that needs to be done, he said: “The men­tal health agenda is stronger than it ever has been.”

He said: “Fol­low­ing Men­tal Health Day yes­ter­day I wanted to reach out to my con­stituents, some of whom maybe af­fected by men­tal health.

“Since I be­came the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for South­port I have been con­tacted by many con­stituents who have been af­fected by men­tal health, all in dif­fer­ent ways.

“Ac­cord­ing to the NHS, one in four peo­ple are af­fected by a men­tal ill­ness, whilst the num­ber of pre­scrip­tions pre­scribed in Eng­land has dou­bled in the last ten years.

“Whilst the men­tal health agenda is stronger than it ever has been and we are lead­ing the way by re­duc­ing the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal health, there is still so much work we need to do to en­sure we are more in­clu­sive and un­der­stand­ing as a na­tion.

“With this in mind, I am de­lighted that South­port is to ben­e­fit from an im­proved £21m men­tal health cen­tre, which will go some dis­tance to help­ing those in my con­stituency whilst break­ing down bar­ri­ers, and I am reach­ing out to all those who may be af­fected by men­tal health not to suf­fer in si­lence.”

Any­one who has con­cerns over their men­tal health can con­tact Mind on 01257 463012 or the Sa­mar­i­tans on 116 123.

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