Today, October 10, is world mental health day. Across the UK there were 10.3 million recorded instances of mental ill-health every year and the third most common cause of disability was depression.
Poor mental health is often a hidden illness but like physical illness it can be debilitating for sufferers and be a cause of worry for their loved ones. That is why it is important that resources are dedicated to professional support.
Mental health problems cost the UK economy at least £117.9 billion annually according to a report published by the Mental Health Foundation and London School of Economics and Political Science.
Local MP, Andrew Jones, has visited Harrogate Mind and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to hear about challenges in providing mental health support.
Commenting Andrew said: “The pandemic highlighted the importance of good mental health. People really struggled not being able to see their families and friends. Meeting with organisations like Harrogate Mind and CAHMS I have seen the positive impact they make on people lives.
“I support action to prevent poor mental health. Mental health services are receiving an additional £2.3 billion a year in funding with a further £7 million for schools and colleges to train senior mental health staff.
“If you need help, know someone who does or you would like to volunteer please do give Mind or CAHMS a call”.
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