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Lib Dem Health Spokesman Praises Eastleigh Mental Health Practitioners

March 17, 2015 11:19 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Norman Lamb, Lib Dem spokesman for health and a government minister with responsibility for care, has praised mental health practitioners in Eastleigh following a visit to a music lesson held in partnership with Southampton Community Orchestra (SOCO) and Solent Mind on Wednesday 11th March.

Mike Norman Music SOCOMike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, said: "I was delighted to show Norman the great mental health services we have here in Eastleigh and see first-hand the positive effects that community campaigns can have on vulnerable people.

"I have always believed that those suffering from mental health issues should be given the same provision we give those with physical health problems, which is why I introduced legislation in Parliament to establish maximum waiting times and proper standards for access to services.

"The Lib Dems in Government have taken the lead on improving mental health services in the UK and I'm very grateful to Norman for taking the time to visit Eastleigh, reinforcing our commitment in this area."

Norman Lamb said: "It was great that Mike invited me down to Eastleigh to see some of the brilliant work being done here to support those with mental health conditions.

"Since he was first elected Mike has been working in Parliament to promote access to mental health services, and I have been incredibly impressed by his commitment to this cause.

"The music lesson held in partnership with SOCO and Solent Mind was an inspiring example of what we can achieve by focussing on enabling people to enjoy life - looking at the whole person and not just their illness."

ENDS

Notes:

Solent Mind (http://www.solentmind.org.uk/) is a leading mental health organisation in Hampshire and is working in partnership with and SoCo (http://www.socomusicproject.org.uk/), a Hampshire non-profit music project which works with youth groups, homeless charities and mental health organisations in the region.

Norman Lamb visited Eastleigh in his capacity as a Lib Dem spokesman for health. As Minister of State for Care and Support, he is responsible areas such as care and support, older people, adult social care and mental health services

Mike's 10 minute rule bill on access to mental health services was tabled in 2013 and may be found here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/accesstomentalhealthservices.html

The Lib Dems have published an action plan on mental health policy which may be found here: http://www.libdems.org.uk/mental_health. At their recent spring conference, they announced an extra £1.25 billion for mental health services which will be contained in the budget.