Tom Brake MP last week was on a Question Time panel to be quizzed by residents on local mental health and social care issues as part of the Sutton 1 in 4 Network and the Sutton Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Face to Face’ event.
Answering questions on everything from the support available for young people who may be suffering from mental health issues to what provisions are being made to replace services lost with the SCILL centre closure, Tom was joined on the panel by representatives and directors of several mental health organisations in Sutton and Councillor Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council.
“This event was an important way for local residents to get information about mental health provision in their area and to challenge its providers.
More generally, it is only by talking more openly about mental health and challenges relating to that that we can begin to de-stigmatise getting help. On World Mental Health day this event was a great example of how to do this.
I have observed positive changes in our community, with more young people in particular being willing to come forward to talk about their experiences. We must encourage this and work towards true parity between physical and mental health treatment approaches.”