On Blue Monday, Lib Dems shine spotlight on mental health - Willott

January 20, 2014 5:04 PM

Jenny Willott MP at the MP Capability Assessment in Westminster with a Rethink campaigner.

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has welcomed a new action plan for mental health launched this morning (20 January) by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, together with Lib Dem Care Minister Norman Lamb.

"Closing the Gap: Priorities for Essential Change in Mental Health" sets out the Government's 25 key priorities for improving mental health care and support, and clear steps for delivering on those priorities.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"All too often, attitudes to mental health are stuck in the dark ages; full of stigma and stereotypes. It's time for us to bring mental health out of the shadows and to give people with mental health conditions the support they need and deserve.

"Today we're calling for action - across the NHS, the mental health sector and wider society - to champion change, to transform outdated attitudes and practices and to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.

"We recognise that we've got a mountain to climb. But we're working hard to ensure that the needs of those with mental health problems are considered not just in the NHS, but also across our public sector: with better support in education, employment, the justice sector, housing and elsewhere."

Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott said:

"Whilst health is a devolved issue for which the Welsh Assembly Government is responsible in Wales, of course the border is more fluid when it comes to both the causes and impacts of mental health problems and a change in approach in England will impact on Wales. At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life so it is absolutely essential that we have the right support network in place across the country.

"When the previous UK Government introduced access and waiting time standards for physical health, they failed to do so for mental health. For years this has distorted priorities within our health system. I am delighted that Liberal Democrats in Government are taking action to put right this profound injustice."

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