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Portsmouth MP invites constituents to Solent Mind’s Wellbeing and Peer-Support drop-in event  

By 20 February 2024February 21st, 2024No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP is inviting constituents who are struggling with their mental health, or who know someone else who is struggling with their wellbeing, to come and meet some of Solent Mind’s friendly staff and learn more about how the charity can help with managing mental health and wellbeing.

The drop-in event will be held this Saturday [24 February] at 11AM. Constituents can sign up to attend here.

It comes as the number of adults experiencing mental health issues continues to grow, with an estimated 1 in 4 people across the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year.

Mr Morgan has prioritised caring for our local NHS as one of his priorities in Parliament and locally previously held a mental health and loneliness themed ‘Cuppa and Chat’, during which constituents raised concerns regarding the level of support available and long waiting times for NHS services.

Local charity Solent Mind offers services in Portsmouth to make it easier for residents who are facing difficulties to get the support they need. Their services in Portsmouth include:

  • Portsmouth Wellbeing and Peer Support – a unique service offering peer support for adults who are finding life unmanageable
  • Solent Recovery College – where people can learn practical skills for living with ongoing symptoms and how to get the best from mental health services

Mr Morgan said the drop-in aims to encourage local people who are struggling with their mental health to take steps towards accessing the support they need.

Commenting, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

”Time and time again I hear from constituents the challenges they face in accessing mental health support from the NHS, as waiting lists continue to soar.

“The pressure on mental health services demands long-term investment in and support for prevention and early intervention.

“I hope this drop-in will provide an opportunity for constituents to who may be struggling without support to receive helpful one-to-one advice on how to access through a dedicated local charity”.

Mr Morgan backs plans to recruit more mental health staff, guaranteeing treatment within a month and providing access to a mental health professional in every school.