Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Member of Parliament for Torfaen, has today raised awareness about the detrimental mental health impact of the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the nation’s mental health. The Office for National Statistics found that almost one in five adults thought they were experiencing some form of depression during first lockdown in June 2020, a figure that had almost doubled from before the pandemic.
In his statement, the Torfaen MP commended local organisations working to support those with mental health problems, including Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind, and thanked Torfaen Senedd Member Lynne Neagle for her campaign for better mental health support in schools. Ms Neagle has worked with charities including Mind Cymru and Samaritans Cymru towards a Schools Mental Health Bill, which will help get better consideration for the mental health and wellbeing of our young people in Wales.
Nick Thomas-Symonds has supported organisations providing mental health support locally throughout the pandemic, including earlier this month when he met with representatives from Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind to discuss how they were coping with the upsurge in demand for services.
Mr Thomas-Symonds MP commented:
“Mental health remains more important than ever. Too many people suffer in silence with mental health – we must send out a strong signal that it is fine not to be ok and to talk to others to get support.
“We are lucky in Torfaen to have many great organisations and charities local to us helping us do just that.
“Thank you also to Lynne Neagle MS for her determined work seeking to improve mental health support in our schools.”