MP aims to tackle ‘lack of progress’ in improving youths’ mental health

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said he believed there had been "unacceptable practices" at the childre

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said he believed there had been "unacceptable practices" at the children's services department. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Former health minister Norman Lamb has pledged to join action in tackling a 'lack of progress' in improving young people's mental health.

He joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Parliament last week.

It comes as new figures from mental health research charity MQ shows 42pc of people in the UK believe mental illness such as anxiety and depression are an inevitable part of life.

84% of respondents to a survey said that not enough is being done to tackle mental illness for the future, and more than two-thirds of parents (68%) believe that having more education about mental illnesses could prevent suffering for future generations.

Mr Lamb, the North Norfolk MP, said: 'The current state of mental health treatment would simply never be accepted for a physical condition.'


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