According to official statistics, one in four people will suffer with mental health issues at some point during their lives. Tupton is no different to anywhere else in the country. Some people suffer with mental health issues – this can manifest itself as:
- Feeling sad or down
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
- Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
- Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
- Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Major changes in eating habits
- Sex drive changes
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
- Suicidal thinking
The sad reality is that, unless someone is at risk of harming themselves or others, there can be a significant wait for NHS treatment. Similarly, because of the stigmas which are all too often placed on mental health issues, people have been known to put off visiting their GP or health professional for help.
Liberal Democrats prioritise mental health issues alongside physical health issues and during a recent doorstep surgery one of our local residents raised her own concerns about the lack of facilities in Tupton for people with mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems.
Cllr David Hancock was keen to take up this cause and look into the viability of Tupton Parish Council working in partnership to bring a drop-in facility to the village to allow people the opportunity to talk to a qualified mental health worker, without the need to wait for NHS availability or any concerns about seeing their own GP.
The Liberal Democrats proposed the provision of such a service at the Parish Council meeting on 23 May; where it was greeted with caution by the Labour group. However, the Lib Dems continued to champion the project and a decision was deferred until the June meeting to enable more research to be undertaken – despite clear public support for the project.
We’re pleased to announce that the project has moved another step closer to becoming a reality – as the mental health charity Rethink will be meeting with Cllr Hancock next week to discuss the logistics of implementing such a scheme in Tupton.
Obviously we will keep you updated on the progress.