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Lib Dems call on Govt to invest in mental health support in Rugby in face of COVID-19 crisis

June 1, 2020 5:11 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

LD demand betterThe Liberal Democrats are calling for more support for mental health services across Rugby and Warwickshire as new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) expose the enormous mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

In West Midlands, an estimated 82% of adults have reported feeling "stressed, anxious or worried about the future" or "that their mental health had become worse" between 3 April and 3 May 2020.

The new figures reinforce Liberal Democrat calls for the Government to scale up mental health support right across the UK in response to COVID-19 as a matter of urgency, particularly for people in health and care.

Commenting, Councillor Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox and Eastlands), said:

"We need investment now to ensure that people in Rugby and Warwickshire can access the support they need, when they need it. This must not be a postcode lottery.

"That's why the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to act now to ensure people can access vital mental health support, and that local authorities and NHS trusts have the funding they need to deliver that support now and in the long term.

"People across the country, including in Rugby and Warwickshire are depending on it."

The full set of ONS data referenced is available here.