Nick Clegg taking questions on mental health on Mind’s Facebook page today

nick clegg live tweet town hall 1st may 2014In a Facebook first, Nick Clegg will be taking questions on mental health over on Mind’s Facebook page this lunchtime, starting at 12:30 pm.

He put this brief video on his own page to explain why he thinks this is important and is quoted on Mind’s website:

At least one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lives. And yet, relatives and friends needing a hip operation can expect treatment quicker than someone with a debilitating mental health condition. We’re putting this right. I’ve set in place a new five year plan to end years of imbalance between mental and physical healthcare services. This isn’t about Whitehall leading the way – a crucial part of getting treatment and care right for people living with mental health issues is listening to what they need.

This week I met with staff and service users at one of South London and Maudsley’s community care centres and I’m looking forward to hearing from more people about their experiences, face to face or on Facebook. I want to encourage people to speak up and tell me what work needs to be done to make sure mental health patients waiting far too long for treatment is a thing of the past.

To take part, you just need to head over to Mind’s Facebook page at 12:30 and put your question to Nick. We’ll update this post with some of the highlights later.

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  • David Howell 24th Nov '14 - 6:15pm

    Has he resurfaced but then?

    Welcome back, Nick . . . You”ll never guess what’s been happening during your absence. :0)

  • Neil Sandison 25th Nov '14 - 11:48am

    Nick Who ?

  • I followed the link in the article to the Mind Facebook page.

    Where the first thing I saw was —
    “…In a first for us, we are hosting a mental health Q&A with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg right here, right now.
    He’s told us he only has 30 minutes to answer questions, ”

    It would appear there are more than 400 presses of the “like” button for this. I am not sure how that compares with other things on Facebook but a Guardian columnist who I follow regularly gets far more responses on his comments in Facebook several times a week.

    Mind go on to tell us that — “….he is taking part in another Q&A on Rethink Mental Illness’ Facebook page on Monday 8th December….”

    Can anyone tell me if 400 plus “likes” is a high score for this sort of thing?

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