This week Roger Williams MP for Brecon and Radnorshire met with MIND to discuss the development of care in mental health services.
It’s been a hallmark year for mental health, but mental health has been chronically underfunded for years, and services are now at breaking point. For too long mental health has been seen as a Cinderella service in the NHS.
It is important to keep mental health on the top of the political agenda. Therefore, Roger Williams is happy to support MIND’s manifesto Take Action for Better Mental Health, which sets out 6 key changes for mental health and is pressing for further resources for mental health in rural areas.
Roger Williams MP for Brecon and Radnorshire said:
“Mental health is a very important issue that needs to stay at the top of the political agenda. Therefore, I am very delighted to support MIND’s campaign to Take Action for Better Mental Health. We have seen some important achievements in mental health services this year. As a result we now have the first ever set of waiting time and access standards for some mental health services. But we need to keep momentum and mental health at the forefront of political debate, and I am very happy to support MIND’s brilliant initiative to achieve that.
“Liberal Democrats are focusing on mental health issues. For too long mental health has been seen as a Cinderella service in the NHS. Yet 25% of the population will experience a mental health episode every year, leading to real concern for themselves and their families and often causing loss of work and income. We are calling for a radical change in the approach to mental health issues. I was very concerned when I visited the acute psychiatric Felindre ward in Bronllys Hospital to find that there had been a cut in the number of beds. This serves the whole of Brecon and Radnorshire and is stretched to breaking point. I am pressing for further resources for mental health in rural areas.
“I will be visiting the MIND centre in Brecon shortly where I know they do excellent work for people suffering from mental health issues providing support for their family and friends also.”