Nov 20

Thank you, and please sign the petition today

Thank you to the thousands of people who have already signed my national petition to urge the Chancellor to ring-fence mental health spending on Wednesday.ring-fence rag out

Now, please, help me get even more people to sign in the next few hours so we can make sure the government is in no doubt how important this issue is.

The government has announced additional funding for mental health – £1.4 billion over five years to deliver the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and £1.25 billion for the Future In Mind programme for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

This is only a fraction of what mental health services need to tackle existing treatment delays and meet growing demands – yet there is too much evidence from around the country that not all the money is reaching the front-line where it is so desperately needed.

That is why I have written to the Chancellor urging him to ring-fence mental health spending in his Autumn Budget this week.

And it is why I launched my online petition –so that as many people as possible can join me in the call to get the money mental health so desperately needs to the frontline.

The money needed to transform mental health services and save lives is just not getting to where it is needed. Waiting times are too long, people are not receiving the best care in the community and too many people are having to travel too far for in-patient services.

On Wednesday, in his Budget, the Chancellor Philip Hammond must take action to make sure that money pledged for mental health actually reaches local mental health services.

If you have signed the petition already, thank you – and now please urge family, friends and colleagues to join the call.

If you haven’t signed yet, please do so by clicking here today.

Thank you for your support.