More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

Health, Young People
A distraught mother tells Sky News about her autistic son's struggle after he was put into residential care 17 years ago. Some of the most vulnerable in society are being kept in hospitals miles from home and some say they are unable to leave, even when they are no longer ill. Pam, from Brighton, tells Sky News about her autistic son Tony, 41, who has lived away from his family for more than 17 years. [caption id="attachment_2566" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Pam and Roy's son is more than 120 miles away from their home[/caption] "Tony was a happy-go-lucky boy growing up. He went everywhere with us, and of course his autism was hard to cope with, but we had a lot of fun." "It all began to change when he was around 13-years-old."…
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World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

Health
World Mental Health Day: 10th October 2018 This year's World Mental Health Day focuses on young people in a changing world. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Depression is one of the most common diseases in teenagers and suicide is the leading cause of death for people between 5-19 years old. Being young can be difficult, with changes in every part of your life. From exam pressures, social media, getting to grips with dating, to moving away to uni or getting a new job, young people deal with many different pressures while growing up. Often at the same time they are starting to use drugs, like alcohol, which can make problems worse. Unfortunately there's still a taboo around…
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Lamb: Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve answer

Lamb: Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve answer

Health
Commenting on the Inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which heard today how successive Prime Minister’s had denied to accept any responsibility, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “It is disgraceful that victims of the contaminated blood scandal have had to fight so hard, for so long, in order to get a full and open and inquiry, and the compensation they deserve. “It is vital that the inquiry maintains its commitment to explore these crucial questions in a truly robust and independent manner, and that it delivers a fair outcome for the victims.” You can join the Liberal Democrats to fight for a better funded Health and Social Care by visiting www.libdems,org.uk/join
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Norman Lamb MP: No child should be left to suffer in silence

Norman Lamb MP: No child should be left to suffer in silence

Health, Young People
Liberal Democrats have passed an emergency motion at their conference on Monday, 17th September which aims to tackle the high rates of self-harm amongst children. Commenting on the call for greater support from the education system for vulnerable students former Health Minister Norman Lamb said:  “The level of self-harm that the Children’s Society have uncovered, especially amongst girls, and those who identify as LGBT, is truly shocking and society needs to do much more to support vulnerability in our young people. “Our education system must work hand in hand with NHS services and play a central role in protecting children and young adults. More and more people are experiencing depressive episodes, mental distress and chronic low-mood. All schools should offer their students and staff pastoral care or counselling, people are…
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Organ Donation Week – Words Save Lives

Organ Donation Week – Words Save Lives

Health
Words Save Lives This Organ Donation Week runs between September 3rd and 9th and asks one simple thing of us - to talk to our families about organ donation, today. Many people have never talked about organ donation with their families. That means lost opportunities for donations because families don't know whether a loved one wants to be an organ donor or not. That family support is crucial to donations taking place. If we can make more conversations about organ donations happen we can increase the number of transplants and save lives. There’s no time like the present, talk about it today. Talking about your organ donation decisions makes it easier for your family to support your decision and for you to support theirs. You could help someone waiting for that vital…
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Norman Lamb on Vaping

Norman Lamb on Vaping

Health
Norman Lamb argues for reviewing approval systems for prescribing e-cigarettes. "E-cigarettes are a key weapon in reducing overall levels of smoking and the related health risks." Mr Lamb went on to say: "We have a big opportunity to reduce the dreadful death toll from smoking - which kills a staggering 79,000 people in England every year. People with mental ill health particularly affected, with smoking rates still around 40%." [embed]https://www.facebook.com/libdems/videos/1980289442092390/[/embed] Transitioning people onto e-cigarettes can be a key weapon in tackling levels of smoking and saving lives in the long term. In response to criticisms of the proposals, Norman said: "I personally don’t like vaping close to me - and any restaurant, bus or train company can decide whether to ban vaping in specified areas - but let’s at least…
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Lib Dems call for medicinal marajuana to be made available

Lib Dems call for medicinal marajuana to be made available

Health
Liberal Democrats repeat calls medicinal marajuana to be prescribed in the UK follow the recent case of Billy Caldwell. It has been in the news recently that Billy Caldwell - a young boy with a rare form of epilepsy - who has regular seizures - had his medicinal marajuana confiscated upon return back to the UK after returning from Canada. After public pressure, Saajid Javid used extraordinary powers as Home Secretary to allow billy to have his medication returned. A poll by sky data suggests 82% of people would support legalising cannabis for medicinal use in the UK while 8% of people would oppose it. Another poll by sky data suggests 41% of people would support completely legalising cannabis in the UK while 40% of people would oppose it North Derbyshire…
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Lamb’s cross-party letter on NHS signed by 90 MPs

Lamb’s cross-party letter on NHS signed by 90 MPs

Health
Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb has organised a cross-party group of 90 MPs, including select committee chairs and former cabinet ministers, to write to the prime minister urging the government to establish an NHS and Care Convention to find a sustainable long-term settlement for these services. The call has been backed by a high-profile group of 15 committee chairs, 22 former ministers, six former secretaries of state, and several prominent ex-shadow ministers and select committee members. The Convention would work on a cross-party basis, engaging with the public and the health and care workforce, to confront the mounting pressures in the system arising from an older population and growing demand for healthcare. Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Wednesday, the MPs are urging the government to…
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This November, let’s end Period Poverty

This November, let’s end Period Poverty

Education, Equality, Health
Statement from Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson For the majority of women periods are an inconvenience. But for others, particularly girls who can’t afford sanitary products it can have lasting impacts. Embarrassment. Lost days of schooling. A huge knock to their self-esteem. And the fact that no one talks about this means that it remains hidden. In a country as well-off as Britain this simply shouldn’t be happening. We can end period poverty. The truth is it, it wouldn’t even cost a lot, relatively speaking. That is why, ahead of this year’s Budget, I am calling on the Government to end period poverty by making sanitary products available for free in schools. Will you back my call today? This year’s Budget will no doubt have various giveaways for…
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