MP Evans welcomes plan for mental health services
A RUNCORN MP has welcomed new measures announced by the Prime Minister which aim to transform the way mental health for children and young people is approached.
Theresa May has said every secondary school in the country will be offered mental health first aid training to build stronger links with NHS staff.
Other plans announced by Mrs May include new partnerships with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace, and further alternatives to hospital and GP treatments.
Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans – whose constituency includes eastern parts of Runcorn, Daresbury and Frodsham – has given his backing to the proposals.
He said: “For too long there hasn’t been enough focus on mental healthcare in this country, it has been hidden injustice and surrounded by unacceptable stigma, leaving many to suffer in silence.
“Changing this goes right to the heart of shared values and making sure we live in a country where everyone is supported.
“These new proposals will ensure children and young people in Weaver Vale receive the compassion, care and the treatment they deserve.
“Mental healthcare will be improved in schools, workplaces and universities and those suffering from mental illness will be able to access the right care for their needs, whilst we tackle the injustices people with mental health problems face.
“This is an opportunity to make sure we are providing attention and treatment for those deserving of compassion and help, striving to improve mental wellbeing and ensure that everyone is supported.”
A spokesman for Mr Evans said each school in his constituency will be offered mental health first aid training to increase awareness and help tackle the stigma around the issue.
To support the initiative, new proposals will outline how mental health services for schools, universities and families can be improved.
Mr Evans’s spokesman said that children and adolescent mental health services will also be reviewed in Weaver Vale in a bid to enhance them.
The spokesman added: “These proposals are part of a wide range of measures to improve mental health in Weaver Vale and make sure no one is left behind.
“There will be an expert review into how we can improve mental wellbeing in the workplace so employees receive more care.
“There will be more support in the community so everyone in need can access the best support for their needs, more online services will be provided and the system will be made fairer for people suffering from mental health problems.” ●
MP Graham Evans. Left: PM Theresa May announces the new mental health measures