I was delighted to welcome the Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, to Enfield North on Monday 19th January, when he came to outline Labour's policy in relation to mental health.
Addressing a meeting at the Enfield Mental Health Users Group Centre on Lancaster Road, Ed talked about the policies a Labour Government would put in place to address the mental health issues of young people. Labour is committed to improving access to mental health services and support. This would include the introduction of preventative measures, such as training teachers in child mental health, so that those showing signs of mental health problems can be identified and referred for help before their situation worsens.
Speaking to the Enfield Advertiser, following Ed Miliband's visit, Jordan Allen - an 18 year old volunteer at the Centre - said "He was very empathetic and seemed to listen to everything we said. I volunteer working with older people – which I hope will help me in my career as a doctor – although I don’t work with young people with mental health issues I think any additional help for people going through a hard time can only be a good thing.”
Ed Miliband also spoke about the situation at Chase Farm Hospital and the broken pledge made by the current Prime Minister, before the last election, to safeguard services at the Hospital. Talking to the Enfield Independent, Ed said "We want to hold David Cameron to account for his broken promises in Enfield on Chase Farm Hospital, everyone knows the promise he made, it was notorious nationally, that the accident & emergency and maternity ward would not close and it is a broken promise."
See press coverage of Ed Miliband's visit here:
- Enfield Independent, 'Labour Leader slams 'broken promises' made by David Cameron'
- Enfield Advertiser, 'Miliband's mental health warning'
Picture courtesy of the Enfield Independent