LibLink: Tim Farron: Ending the silence

Tim Farron has written an article for the Huffington Post about his new report on youth mental health services.

He describes why and how his volunteer team produced the 127 page documents, motivated by the young people who came to his surgeries in desperate need of help:

There are then events that have a particularly profound and lasting effect on me – the deaths of young people who have struggled with mental health conditions. These tragic events and the circumstances surrounding them have brought to light serious flaws in the way in which we support our young people and the need for a fresh look at our local services. Improvements have to be made.

So I pulled together a team of experts and asked them to write an independent report. The subsequent report, ‘Born in South Lakeland – developing emotionally resilient children’, is the culmination of eight months work. I am immensely grateful to the review group – Glenys Marriott, John Asher and Zoe Butler – who gave up their time to produce this report on a voluntary basis.

They interviewed more than 200 people, ranging from people who use our local mental health services, their friends and family, to the doctors, nurses and support workers who help people in need. This is all documented in our 127 page report, which was launched last Tuesday and can be viewed here.

This launch by no means marks the end. It’s just the beginning. What we must do now is pursue the key recommendations detailed in the report – more tier 4 services mental health, central points of contact, help for the third sector, work in schools (especially on cyber and LGBT bullying), as well as a better integration of services – amongst other things.

Tim also highlights what Liberal Democrats have done to improve mental health. Not just the grandees, but Lee Dargue, who’s set up the Liberal Democrat Mental Health group too.

You can read the whole article which contains a link to the full report here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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