The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, today joined the Mental Health Foundation’s Parliamentary reception to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and meet with mental health professionals and Ministers to discuss improving care for people living with poor mental health.
The reception, which was centred around the 2019 theme of ‘body image’, was attended by MPs, Peers and Mental Health campaigners as well as the Minister for Suicide Prevention, Jackie Doyle-Price, and comes as mental health was put at the heart of conversations across the UK, with celebrities and Royals taking to the radio and tv, and key national buildings including Number 10 Downing Street and Whitehall lit up in Green to mark the campaign.
Commenting Eastleigh MP and Youth Minister Mims Davies said:
“Positive Mental Health is something that is so important, and I’m really pleased that I could support this event as part of Mental Health Awareness week. Having worked both within my role as Eastleigh’s MP as well as my Ministerial role to improve mental health support, it was good to get the opportunity to speak to people working in the Mental Health Sector and hear more about the issues that contribute to poor mental health and how we’re working to tackle them.
“Our Mental Health is something that each and every one of us experiences differently and struggling with your mental health is a deeply personal experience. Something that can affect mental health at any age is body image, and it is absolutely right this was the focus this week.
“Today the increased prevalence of mental health awareness means that people feel more able to speak about their personal experiences and we, as a society, can take positive steps to reduce negative body image and associated mental health concerns. As Minister for Youth, I recognise that a renewed focus on children, young people and families will be key as we look to continue improving the lives of those suffering with mental health concerns as well as ending the stigma, and I will continue to work on this very important matter.”