It’s an issue that affects Lewisham Deptford disproportionately, with rates of mental illness higher than the England and London average and many people suffering in silence.
The Tories have let people with mental health down, despite repeated promises to give mental health parity with physical health, funding fell by £600 million between 2010 and 2015 and there are 6,600 fewer mental health nurses than in 2010.
On top of that, Tory changes to PIP mean people who experience psychological distress won’t be eligible to the same disability payments available as those with a physical illness.
A Labour Government would make sure mental health gets the funding it needs. We’ll ensure it is given the same priority as physical health and that everyone is cared for.