Around 1 in 4 people in Herefordshire will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many people don’t get the help and support they need. There is tremendous pressure on local services, which are trying to provide the best support they can with the limited funding available.
At Herefordshire Mind, we believe everyone experiencing a mental health problem should get both support and respect. With the general election fast approaching, whoever forms the next government will have an enormous role in making sure this happens.
Mind has launched a manifesto, which sets out six commitments we want to see the next government deliver to improve the lives of everyone affected by a mental health problem. These include delivering the investment and commitments agreed in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, supporting the Time to Change campaign, tackling the culture of fear and silence of mental health in the workplace and ensuring local authorities have sufficient funding to deliver tailored social support and advice.
We hope that all of our local parliamentary candidates recognise the importance of mental health and will take on board our manifesto. Whoever wins locally can play a key role in championing the mental health of everyone in Herefordshire and helping us get the services and support we need to recover, stay well and lead fulfilling lives.
You can read the Mind manifesto here. If you would like to help Herefordshire Mind make sure that no one in the county has to face a mental health problem alone, you can get involved locally or support us by making a donation.