Yesterday, to mark World Mental Health Day, Luke signed a joint letter, led by Luciana Berger MP, calling for Theresa May to ring-fence mental health funding.
In Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference she said the government are 'investing more in mental health than ever before.’ We have heard a number of previous announcements of specific funds for mental health. However, this money is not reaching the front line. That's why Luke joined over 160 MPs calling for the ring-fencing of mental health spending, as a 'transformative policy that would make a real difference to local services'.
You can see the full text of the letter Luke signed below. Luke also recorded a video on his Facebook page to mark World Mental Health Day:
“I am very proud to sign this open letter to the Prime Minister, for World Mental Health Day, calling on her to guarantee that the money announced as specific funding for mental health be ring-fenced. This is Labour party policy which many of us have campaigned for and all of us see the misery and suffering that mental health issues cause in the constituencies we represent every single day.
While the Government needs to do its bit by protecting that funding, we all need to do our bit too in reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health and make it easier for those who suffer to speak out”