Contact your MP ahead of mental health Commons debate
By Ian Birch
It's been a long time since mental health was debated in the House of Commons -- but on Thursday 14th June, 5 hours will be devoted to a range of mental health issues in Parliament.
Charities are urging people with mental health issues across the country to get in touch with their MPs and take the opportunity to raise awareness of key areas such as cuts to benefits and services, crisis care, and the importance of anti-stigma campaiging.
It's the ideal opportunity to let your MP know about failings in local services and to educate him or her about what it's like to suffer from mental health difficulties and the challenges that those of us with mental illnesses face, week in week out. The topic for the debate was suggested previously by the Backbench Business Committee.
A particularly good way to get in touch with your MP is via this website: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/
■ On the same day, "Together for Health" - the mental health strategy for Wales -- will be unveiled, setting out the Welsh Government's ambitions for 21st Century mental health care.
It updates current policy, incorporating the requirements of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, acknowledges progress made to date and prioritises areas for continued improvement.
This is the first mental health strategy for Wales that is inclusive of people of all ages. It reinforces the need to promote better mental wellbeing among the whole population. You can read the consultation online at: