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Margot Parker stresses action on mental health


Published May 16, 2018

Margot Parker MEP has called for action to tackle mental health problems. She was speaking during this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week and urged people to find out more about the focus of this year’s campaign, ‘stress’.

 

The week, hosted and organised by the Mental Health Foundation, revealed research has shown two-thirds of people experience a mental health problem at some time in their life.

She said: “Stress is a major issue in today’s society – by tackling it we can go a long way towards tackling subsequent problems such as self-harm, depression and suicide.

“I would people visit the dedicated website for Mental Health Awareness Week at www.mentalhealth.org.uk

“The site explains how a new study showed that an astonishing 74% have at some point been so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

“These are worrying statistics and the site outlines some practical advice for people suffering from stress and also some recommendations for health professionals dealing with the problems.”

Mrs Parker, MEP for the East Midlands said stress can hit anyone – it does not care about age, sex, religion, wealth or culture.

She said: “Help is out there and many of the recommendations give food for thought.

“For instance, it was interesting to read the foundation is urging action to tackle stress at an early age.

“It says half of the mental health problems are established by the time children reach the age of 14 – yet teachers have very little training in child development and many lack the training to understand, explore and promote resilience and mental health in our classrooms.

“Certainly, these are areas which need to be addressed to help prevent problems arising at an early age.

“We must make sure our young people have support – it is imperative we tackle these problems early on and make sure funds and resources are in place.

“There should be a full, open review of all childcare and child protection services in Britain and tackling mental health issues should form part of this."

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