Norman Lamb, Minister of State at the Department for Health, was in Bodmin this week to announce an extra £1.25 billion to help improve children and young people’s mental health services as part of the Budget.
Local MP Dan Rogerson explained the announcement is part of the Coalition Government’s plans to end the stigma around mental health and to make sure it is taken as seriously as physical health.
The money, spread over five years, will help treat 110,000 more children with mental health issues and provide rapid access to treatment for pregnant women and new mothers. The first ever-waiting time standards for children’s mental health will be introduced, and specialists in children’s talking therapy will be available everywhere by 2018.
Norman Lamb and Dan Rogerson visited the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to discuss how the new funding can be used to improve mental health services in the area.
They also visited Restormel Mind in Bodmin where the Minister praised the charity’s fantastic work to promote good mental health and wellbeing.
Speaking after his visit to Bodmin, Norman Lamb said:
“I would like to thank local MP Dan Rogerson for introducing me to Dr Maureen Newman and Peter Howard at Restormel Mind – it was fantastic to find out more about the great work the charity is doing to promote good mental health in Cornwall. I was really impressed with the services that Mind are offering locally, what they have achieved in Bodmin and across the area, and with the dynamism of the leadership.
“It was also very useful to meet with local NHS chiefs to discuss how the new funding we’ve announced this week can be used to improve mental health services in North Cornwall.”
Dr Maureen Newman added:
“It has been a great meeting and it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work and to discuss the issues experienced by those with Mental Health challenges in Cornwall”
North Cornwall’s Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson commented:
“For too long, young people with mental health needs have been left to cope without support or treatment in a way which would never be accepted with physical conditions.
In Organisations like Mind in Bodmin do an outstanding job to help people and to promote good mental health, but we need to make sure that NHS mental health services are improved too. That’s why Liberal Democrats have announced this funding for children’s mental health services, the latest in a series of improvements, to make sure that mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.”