How we care for people who have a mental health illness is of concern to me.
We need more resources, more staff and wherever possible, people should get their full treatment as close to home as possible. To achieve this Cornwall needs better facilities for adults and children. Improvements are being made and, at a meeting I had on Friday, it was agreed to exploit a new opportunity made available by Government, to provide more residential capacity in Cornwall so that patients are cared for in Cornwall.
Further to this the Prime Minister is today setting out new support for mental health treatment, as recommended by NHS England’s independent mental health task-force.
Giving people the right mental health support is one of the most important ways to make sure everyone has the best start in life and gets the care they need. As a country it’s something we need to be far more mature about, with more frank and open discussion.
That’s why we are boosting the mental health support available, today setting out almost a billion pounds of investment. This will put more mental health professionals in emergency departments, help new and expectant mums with specialist care before and after having their babies, and provide over £400 million for treatment in communities.
We are also introducing the first ever waiting time targets for teenagers with eating disorders and people experiencing psychosis.
This is absolutely the kind of help that Cornwall needs from this Government.