End the discrimination against mental health - Simon Hughes

End the discrimination against mental health

I am fighting to end the historic discrimination of all those in Bermondsey who suffer from a mental health condition. 

As part of my pledge to provide the £8bn of extra funding the NHS has asked for by 2020, I am fighting to invest £3.5bn into mental health care over the next five years. 

The money would be spent on revolutionising children's and adult mental health care, which would include:

  • £250m over five years for pregnant women and mums dealing with depression. This would include eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care for pregnant women and new mums and 40 new community services helping new mums adjust to life at home with a new born. 
  • New waiting time standards for people in crisis and for conditions like bipolar disorder so that those who are ill know how long they have to wait.
  • Hundreds of thousands more people will get access to talking therapies for anxiety and depression.

Over the last five years I have fought to:

  • improve access to talking therapies by investing £400million in these services. Since 2010, 2.6million people have accessed such treatment, and 1.4million have completed the treatment fully.
  • fund the Time to Change anti-stigma campaign
  • Invest £150 million in young people with eating disorders. 

I am the only candidate in this constituency who is fighting for equality between mental and physical health care. I am the only candidate who will fight for you. 

Read our Manifesto of the mind here to discover what I am fighting for.