MP Evans wel­comes plan for men­tal health ser­vices

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

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

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