Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to improving mental health care support, outlined in her first major speech on healthcare yesterday (09/01/16). Key to the Government’s plans is providing better support for young people, with 75% of mental health problems beginning before the age of 18.

    Mr Stride said:

    “A great deal of the local casework that I deal with as an MP stems from problems associated with mental health issues, which can lead to family breakdown, employment problems, isolation and, on occasion, problems with the law. With a quarter of the UK population having a mental disorder at some point in their lives, it hasn’t been right that mental health issues have been viewed, and funded, as secondary to physical problems. I am proud that this year the Government is spending £1billion more on tackling mental health disorders than it was two years ago and the measures announced by the Prime Minister are another significant step forward. Particularly important is the offer of mental health first aid training for staff in every secondary school and the pledge that by 2021 that no child will need to travel out of the local area to receive treatment."

    Mr Stride also argued that by starting a national debate on mental health, more people will hopefully feel comfortable talking about it. He added:

    “We need to end the stigma associated with mental health and change attitudes so that people who suffer from mental health problems are treated with dignity and that just because on the outside they may appear to be fine, they are no less worthy of support and compassion than someone with an obvious physical disability.”