Benyon helps to banish the blues
Always a staunch and vocal advocate for mental health provision, West Berkshire's MP Richard Benyon recently attended the launch of Brighter Berkshire, a community-led initiative to make 2017 the Year of Mental Health in Berkshire.
Launched on Blue Monday, the third Monday in January and notoriously the glummest day of the year, Brighter Berkshire was part of a two hour BBC Radio Berkshire prime time slot devoted to mental health and presented by people with real experience of the issue. The programme was the first of 12 similar monthly programmes that will run over the course of 2017.
The initiative is dedicated to bringing the conversation about mental health into the open, reducing the stigma which surrounds it and challenging the injustices that people with mental health problems face. In addition they plan to network and disseminate information to improve support and access to treatment.
Benyon has long been a champion for improved treatment for mental health and now it seems as though the Prime Minister is catching up with him. Theresa May recently announced that the Government recognised that mental health should have parity with physical health and would be launching new measures to improve mental health care for children and young people. And about time too.
You can visit the Brighter Berkshire website brighterberkshire.com or follow it on Twitter @BrightBerks2017 for more information.