As someone who has been affected by poor mental health, I know how much of a difference having a positive support network can make. My office and I are always happy to help answer your queries and signpost you to any relevant organisations.
The manifesto upon which I proudly stood for election just over half a year ago committed to treating mental health with the same urgency as physical health. I remain wedded to this commitment, and I urge my colleagues and constituents of all political beliefs to take part in a conversation about establishing a care system fit for the 21st century.
I am pleased that, from September, student nurses will receive a bursary worth at least £5,000, with further funding in disciplines struggling to recruit – such as mental health – and to help with their childcare costs.
I recognise the significant contribution that informal carers having been making to their communities in recent times, especially in light of the outbreak of Coronavirus. I recently asked a question on this topic this in Parliament. It was confirmed that rather than just more traditional forms of care, providing emotional support to a disabled person will count towards the carer’s allowance threshold of 35 hours of care a week. This is a good starting point. More must be done.