Jeff attended a parliamentary event bringing together people with living with mental health problems from Manchester, representatives from Manchester Mind, and other parliamentarians to discuss mental health services.
The event - ‘Mental Health: Raising the Bar’ - was organised by national mental health charity Mind with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local Minds responsible for providing services and policymakers.
Jeff said: “I was glad to attend this important event to hear from people affected by poor mental health. Around 1 in 4 people in south Manchester will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but unfortunately I regularly hear from many constituents who tell me they’re not getting the support they need.
This Government must recognise that while warm words on mental health are welcome, spending on mental health services is falling.
This has to change so that everyone gets the information, advice and treatment they need and deserve, when they need it.”
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.
“We are really pleased that Jeff 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.”