Bilal Mahmood, the Labour parliamentary candidate has backed calls for better provision of support for local people in mental health crisis. Mind, the mental health charity, is calling for local services to deliver on their promise to improve the support for people who are suicidal, self-harming or in psychosis.
Last year, national and local governments, and leaders of key services in England, including health, police, and voluntary organisations, signed the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, an agreement that sets national standards for the care of people in mental health crisis. The Concordat aims to make sure that no matter where someone turns, they get the help they need and don’t fall through the cracks between different services. Key organisations in Waltham Forest have since come together to sign their own local declaration agreeing to achieve the Concordat standards and are now preparing a local action plan to deliver them.
- One in four constituents will experience a mental health problem this year and countless more will be affected through friends, family, work colleagues and other people in their lives. Almost 100 mental health sufferers a day have their vital benefits sanctioned because of the policies of my opponent, Iain Duncan Smith.
- A growing number of people are accessing mental health services - services must be able to respond quickly and appropriately when someone reaches out and asks for help. That’s why Labour has an ambition to increase the access and spending on mental health for the young and early intervention
- I am supporting Mind’s campaign to improve crisis care and will be monitoring progress on our local Concordat declaration to make sure that good intentions are made a reality for everyone trying to access crisis care.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “In a mental health crisis, your mind is at melting point. You may experience extreme anxiety, have suicidal thoughts or even a psychotic episode. It can happen to anyone. When you’re in crisis you need compassion and understanding, no matter who you turn to for help - whether it’s health and ambulance services, the police, social care or voluntary organisations.
“Signing a local Concordat is the first step in improving services but we need to see these good intentions translated into better services for everyone in crisis. We need the next government, and the next set of MPs, to provide clear leadership and resources to make sure the Concordat’s standards are achieved and local action plans delivered so that excellent crisis care is available everywhere.”
More information about the Concordat, including details about Waltham Forest’s declaration, can be found at www.crisiscareconcordat.co.uk