A new cross-party, cross-society campaign led by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb has been launched to put mental health firmly on the agenda ahead of the Government’s spending review later this month.
The campaign highlights the problems with accessing timely, evidence-based mental health care and calls on the government to increase investment into the provision of mental health services.
Mental ill health is an issue that affects many people in our local area. According to NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in any given week around 43,594 people in the borough are affected by symptoms of a chronic mental health condition.
It is simply not good enough for people with mental health problems to be treated as second class citizens. It’s a huge injustice which I am determined to end.
– Norman Lamb
More than 200 leaders from politics, business, the arts, sport and faith groups have signed an open letter calling on the Government to end the “historic injustice suffered by those who have mental ill health”. Signatories include Delia Smith, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle, Annie Lennox, Graham Norton, Steve Coogan, Frank Skinner, Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew and Sir Steve Redgrave.
The Lib Dems will continue the fight for better mental healthcare both nationally and locally. Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield Liberal Democrats are proud to say that we wholeheartedly support this important campaign.
You can add your name to the campaign and read more at www.equality4mentalhealth.uk