To: MP Vernon Coaker

Better funding and better access to mental health treatment

Better funding and better access to mental health treatment

We want you to act as a advocate for better mental health access.

If you broke your arm, you’d go to the hospital, have an X-ray it and get it plastered. If you have a mental health problem things aren’t as straightforward. Two thirds of people with mental health problems don’t receive any treatment or support. Mental health services don’t get enough government funding and many people wait months
for help.

Every week, 250,000 people will visit their doctor because they’re worried about their mental health. But nine out of ten people who experience mental health problems say they also have to live with prejudice and misunderstanding. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Why is this important?

Just like physical health, we all have mental health. Sometimes we feel well and able to cope with everything. Other times we may feel low or stressed out, or struggle to get through the day. Mental health problems can affect anyone; it doesn’t matter what age or religion you are, whether you’re male or female, or your ethnicity. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, just that you need some support.

Every week, 250,000 people will visit their doctor because they’re worried about their mental health. But nine out of ten people who experience mental health problems say they also have to live with prejudice and misunderstanding. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Just like we need to look after our bodies to try to keep them healthy, we need to look after our minds too. From teaching others how to improve their resilience to creating outdoor spaces to improve mental health, young people could improve the mental wellbeing and resilience of families, Scouts and wider society

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2018-05-23 18:27:33 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-05-18 22:14:09 +0100

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2018-05-16 11:25:41 +0100

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