Last week Emily Fermor, Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Maidstone and the Weald, visited Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind.
She met with the Chief Executive, Julie Blackmore, to discuss mental health provision in Maidstone. At the meeting they discussed the increasing demand for mental health provision for young people in the area.
Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind has been able to go into schools to support young with programs such as 'Managing Me' and 'Taming My Temper'. Emily also learnt that Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind are planning to expand their premises in College Road, which will allow them to strengthen their focus on young people.
"I am particularly concerned by the pressures being felt by secondary school pupils and other adolescents. It’s vital that they get all help they need at an early stage. The team at Mind is doing a fantastic job. Their work across Maidstone and Mid Kent is invaluable, and I was particularly impressed by their schools outreach.
"But it is clear that inadequate funding is currently the biggest obstacle to providing the people of Maidstone & The Weald with the necessary mental health services.
"The Liberal Democrats are being honest with people: our NHS and care services need more resources and quickly.
"We have committed to raising £30 million extra in funding for the West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This will be raised by adding 1p on the £1 in income tax. Of this, £7.5 million will go towards 12 key priorities for mental health provision in our area: from improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS to increasing the number of people accessing psychological therapies.
"The Lib Dems are determined to give mental health provision the resources it needs."
To read the Liberal Democrat Plan for Mental Health in full click here.
For more information on Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind click here.