Mary met with Shadow Mental Health Minister, Dr Rosena Allin Khan MP, to discuss Labour’s plan to revolutionise the way that mental health is treated in the country.
Labour’s plan for revolutionary mental health care revolves around three core pledges.
- Mental health treatment within a month
- Specialist mental health support in every school in the country
- Mental health hubs in every community
These plans ensure that mental health is at the forefront of Labour’s approach to health and wellbeing. Many people are more aware than ever of the importance to look after their mental health after lockdown-enforced isolation. Labour is leading the charge to place mental health support as a priority.
Labour’s plan would address the current crisis in mental health services, which sees two-fifths of patients waiting for mental health treatment forced to contact emergency or crisis services prior to receiving treatment, with one in ten ending up in A&E. 1 in 4 adults those who had to wait after their initial assessment did not begin treatment for three months or more. The waits for children’s mental health services have been described as “agonising” by the Chief Executive of the Young Minds charity, with a BBC FOI revealing 20% of children are waiting more than 12 weeks to be seen.
Mary looks forward to campaigning on this issue on the doorstep in the City of Durham.