Lockdown has deeply affected all of us.
People have lost loved ones, families have been separated and loneliness and isolation have become the new normal for so many. Research shows as many as half of us have suffered with mental health issues during lockdown, and as many as 20% have had severe effects on their health.
With this, there is no doubt a mental health toll taken on all of us and as we emerge from this pandemic, mental health support must be at the heart of our plan to Put Recovery First.
We need a caring recovery, one that increases funding for mental health and ensures Wales can recover from the trauma of the last year.
Liberal Democrats understand that now more than ever we need a Mental Health support system that works right across communities, schools and government, for the most vulnerable in society.
That’s why we have a four-point plan to make sure no one is left without the support they deserve.
⏰ We need a 24/7 Mental Health crisis system so that people can get care whenever they need it - round the clock support and services to look after our people as we recover.
⌛️ We need to cut waiting times so that nobody has to suffer without help. That means investing in frontline services and training new specialists so that we have a nation where anyone can access support when it is needed.
📍 We need to improve access to local support, so nobody is sent far away from friends and family. We would set targets to end the need for Out of Area placements that see children sent far from home, their family, and friends.
💼 We need the government to take responsibility for Mental Health, by working across government to create community-embedded programmes which work for local people who need the support the most.
Liberal Democrats believe in a fairer, more caring society, one that puts recovery first and helps residents as we slowly move out of isolation, one that ensures no one is left behind when in need of support.
We must Put Recovery First for our mental health services.