Angela Rayner MP has called for better mental health services in her constituency at an event organised by the mental health charity Mind this week.
Angela, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, met with local campaigners and representatives from Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind and Manchester Mind to hear the experiences of people living with mental health problems in the North West.
Angela said: “We need to support Mind in the work they are doing to help local people with mental health problems in my constituency.
“I shall be looking very closely at the forthcoming 'Healthier Together' proposals from health bosses to see exactly what improvements are going to be made to mental health services locally."
Angela, who is Patron of the Labour Mental Health campaign, added: “Staff and volunteers from Mind are doing great work – but the local NHS needs to make sure mental health is getting the same priority as physical health. I want to know what NHS commissioners in Tameside and Oldham are doing to ensure that mental health does not remain the Cinderella health service.”
Louise Rubin, Parliamentary Manager at Mind, said: “Supporting constituents with mental health problems is one of the biggest challenges an MP faces today, so we were really delighted to see Angela at our event this week.
“Every year, mental health problems will affect one in four people in her constituency, which is more people than will develop heart disease or cancer.
“All parties have committed to valuing mental and physical health equally and we’ve now reached a critical stage in determining the future of mental health and well-being in our country. MPs play a vital role in securing good quality support for people in their constituency, as well as promoting mental health at a national level.”
- Mind, is the mental health charity, providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding - and won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.