Chief Officer of South East and Central Essex Mind, Ken Sanderson was recently invited onto BBC Radio to participate in a debate about the mental health issues faced by young people in the county. The show quoted HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Windsor, who stated in a recent report that “until mental health is given the same priority as physical health, in resources including funding, the police will continue to play too large a role dealing with people with mental health problems.”
Essex Police share a similar opinion, having been called to thousands of incidents involving young people facing serious mental health issues. They are unanimous in their support of the report and the call for more funding to mental health services for young people. As a part of the radio panel, Ken suggested that young people would benefit considerably from more support, such as talking therapies, to help them address the issues they face before they result in trouble and ultimately criminal activity.
South East and Central Essex Mind provide a wealth of services to people of every age however all of our services are funded by grants and public donations, if we are to make a true impact then we require more adequate, long term funding.
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