Mental-ill health is estimated to affect about one in four of us. It does not discriminate and I have seen how debilitating its impacts can be on families. This is why I have lobbied government to ensure residents in my constituency have good access to timely support and treatment.
Milton Keynes NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans to spend £44 million on mental health, learning disabilities and dementia in 2018/19. This is an increase from £41.2 million in 2017/18.
As of March 2019, 2,910 people were in contact with NHS mental health services in Milton Keynes. This amounts to 1.1% of the population – compared with a national average of 1.9% - and is the fourth-lowest of any area in England.
£3.38 was spent on children & young people’s mental health in 2017/18, including £0.13 million on eating disorders. While accepting there is room for improvement, Mark is pleased to note the waiting time for referral has been significantly reduced for our young people by the CCG and its partners.
I organised a Mental Health workshop which aimed to raise community awareness of support services available, educate constituents on how to take care of their own mental health and lastly to signpost them to useful resources.
Practitioners and service managers were invited as guest speakers. The meeting was useful in that stakeholders were able to engage one another while also flagging up areas for improvement.
As Minister for the Armed Forces, it has been my pleasure to support the Armed Forces Covenant in Milton Keynes and make sure our ex-service personnel who are experiencing mental ill-health such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have adequate access to the support they need too.