Anneliese today talked about tackling mental health stigma and has pledged to support early intervention for young people with mental illnesses.
This was part of Time to Talk Day which encourages everyone to spend 5 minutes on the 5th February talking about mental health.
Anneliese said “One in four people in the UK will experience mental illness each year, yet many have to deal not only with their illness, but also with stigma and discrimination. This is completely unacceptable. Mental health has been overlooked for far too long in this country, which is why I’m pledging to support early intervention for children and young people with mental illnesses. Three quarters of adult mental illnesses begin in childhood, which is why Labour has pledged to end the neglect of child mental health services and place more emphasis on prevention, early intervention and better support both for children and adults with mental illnesses.
I am proud to be a supporter of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, which was founded last year to campaign to break down the barriers around mental illness and provide access to treatment for all.”
There are a number of events taking place across the South East on Time to Talk Day – you can find out what’s going on in your area here. Even if you can’t make it to an event, it’s easy to get involved – just take 5 minutes to have a chat about mental health to a friend, relative or colleague, and log your conversation on the Time to Talk website.