Darlington’s MP Jenny Chapman last week attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems, representatives from Darlington Mind and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health provision in England.
Jenny joined the ‘Mental Health: Raising the Bar’ event organised by national mental health charity Mind in the House of Commons, with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local Minds responsible for providing services and policymakers.
Following on from Jenny’s recent visit to Darlington MIND, she listened to the experiences of people affected by poor mental health and committed to ‘raising the bar’ for mental health services in the town.
“I know from my time representing Darlington the issues surrounding mental health provision in our town, including access to services and referral times. I have helped support many constituents with poor mental health access vital services and care. I’m committed to doing all I can to transform mental health services so that everyone in Darlington gets the information, advice and treatment they need and deserve, when they need it. I am committed to working with local organisations.
Around 1 in 4 people in Darlington will experience a mental health problem in any given year. It’s so vital that we collectively ‘raise the bar’ for mental health services”.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said:
“Mental health problems can affect anyone, no matter what their background. All main political parties have recognised the scale of the problem, but after decades of neglect and underfunding there’s still a great deal of unmet need. Every day we hear from people struggling to access the support they need.
“We are really pleased that [name of MP] took the time to listen to people’s first-hand experiences as well as find out more about some of the work our local Minds do to support people in [area]. By participating in this event, we hope that MPs recognise the importance of mental health and the vital role they play in ensuring that those of us living with mental health problems get the services and support they need to recover, stay well and lead fulfilling lives.”
How to get in touch with Darlington MIND:
Telephone - 01325 283 169
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
MIND national helpline - 0300 123 3393