Covid-19, the climate emergency, and the dire economic circumstances have helped produce a mental health crisis in this country.
At today’s Comprehensive Spending Review, I asked the Chancellor what steps he will be taking to ensure there is robust support for mental health going forward.
The mental health charity MIND has reported that calls to its helpline have doubled this month as people struggle to deal with the second lockdown and the clear uncertainty about their future.
Steps have to be taken now to ease the burden – and ensuring people don’t have to worry about finances during Covid-19 is a start – but we need to ensure sustainable and robust mental health support is baked in to all of the Government’s economic packages for the foreseeable.
The Government has taken steps to address this with new promises of money but need clarity – right now – on whether this is new money and how this will be spent.