The Government's Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb MP visited Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne at the invitation of prospective MP Vikki Slade to deliver a talk on mental health and find out about the mental health illnesses that some young people face.
Leading Mental Health care and service providers for the Dorset area also attended to share their perspective on government policy and ask Norman Lamb questions about future policies. These included professionals from Dorset County Council Children's Services, Dorset Mind, CAMHS, Mosaic, Dorset Police and local youth groups.
Norman Lamb, who is a champion of challenging attitudes around mental health, said: "The moral and economic case for evidence based intervention is overwhelming. We must invest now to save later."
He also praised the counselling service at QE.
Norman Lamb is an advocate for reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental health and supports the Liberal Democrat policy to invest £54 million in order to improve ac-cess to mental health care for children as well as introducing waiting limits for mental health treatment.
Vikki commented: "I am so proud that it is the Liberal Democrats who have committed to champion equality for all people with mental health problems and we won't stop until this is achieved. It's wrong that in this day and age there is still stigma around mental health."
Following his talk one young person said: “This event was a great opportunity to address men-tal health on a local level and see how services are affected by national government decisions.”
A representative of CAMHS East commented: “I’m very impressed that mental health is now being taken seriously,” and a Dorset Health Care Trust employee said: “Norman Lamb was very knowledgeable and passionate – the talk was really helpful.”