I’ve written an article for Politics Home to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 9th to 15th May. It’s important for people to be able to discuss their mental health openly, without fear of stigma or discrimination, but we need more than this. It’s clear that mental health services are now at breaking point. Far too many people can’t get the help they need.
Next Wednesday I’m hosting an event in Parliament on mental health and suicide prevention, with Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris from the bands Joy Division/ New Order and the CEO of the male suicide prevention charity The CALMzone. While we can’t bring back those we have lost to suicide, our hope is that this event will be a call to action, that will help prevent some of the 5,000 suicides that take place every year.
Even if we can only prevent one suicide, that is a life worth saving