Stephen Metcalfe MP recently met with local mental health providers to find out more about their work in South Basildon and East Thurrock and to lend his support to their ongoing fight for better provision of mental health services.
Mr Metcalfe met with Essex Mental Health and the Papworth Trust to discuss the current challenges facing practitioners and to strengthen his links with the services.
Across the UK approximately 23% of the adult population and 10% of children and adolescents have a mental health condition each year. Without the right care and support conditions ranging from depression to ADHD can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “It is so important that people suffering from a mental health condition can access appropriate care. We all probably know someone with a mental illness and more must be done to ensure that they are treated quickly and in line with physical illnesses.”
“I will continue to work with Essex Mental health and other local organisations to champion this cause and would encourage anyone in South Basildon and East Thurrock who fears they may have a mental illness to seek help from their GPs".
For more information and details of where you can seek assistance, please see: http://www.mind.org.uk/