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by / Friday, 12 February 2016 / Published in Government Policy, News, Parliament, Politics, Social Services

Last Thursday, I attended the launch of Havering Mind’s mental health awareness campaign. It was an amazing event, testament to the work of the charity and their commitment to changing the public perception of mental illness. I am also very happy that the Romford Recorder is supporting the campaign with so much dedication.
Ivana at MINDUnfortunately, Tory rhetoric on spending and quality of services does not match the reality on the ground. The government’s much-trumpeted “Parity of Esteem” supposedly guaranteed that mental health would be granted equal status to physical health in terms of service delivery – but you cannot achieve that noble ideal without adequate funding.

As a proud NHS worker and a mother, I am fully committed to continuing to campaign and advocate for more resources for early intervention and treatment. In particular, I will continue to support child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs), which are currently treated like a Cinderella service…within a Cinderella service. I will also campaign for prevention of mental ill health, particularly in relation to young men and women, and those in difficult situations. And I will advocate for better services to support women with post natal depression.

Was there ever a bigger false economy than neglecting mental health?

Ivana Bartoletti

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