I'm backing a campaign for improved mental health services in East Kent.
Tracy Carr's self-funded support group Talk It Out is calling for ring-fenced funding for mental health. She made the case in several TV and radio appearances this week.
On Saturday I visited volunteers in Deal High Street to add my name to their petition, which has already gained more than a thousand signatures.
Tracy and Talk It Out work tirelessly to make a difference to local people suffering from mental health problems.
But they can't do it alone and I have real concerns about current provision, particularly from the Sussex Partnership. They simply aren't doing enough to help vulnerable people in a timely, meaningful way.
I want to see better mental health care in Dover and Deal and the surrounding areas – because support saves lives.
I organised roundtable discussions between Talk It Out, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group at Buckland Hospital at the end of last year.
I am also trying to help Talk It Out get a grant for a well-being café at the Landmark Centre in Deal.
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