Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Championing mental health

As a Green I think that health is all about joined up thinking ie I take a systems or holistic approach. This means that to be healthy and to address health issues, problems and opportunities successfully I believe we have to consider physical, mental and social (and, for some, spiritual) aspects and the interrelationships between them. The mental health dimension has long been neglected - and we need to put this right. If elected, I pledge to champion mental health in the next Parliament, taking up the cause of thousands of people affected by mental illness that are: facing discrimination in everyday life; being denied basic treatments to help them recover; languishing in prison without any healthcare (see http://www.rethink.org/).

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