Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Restoring the nation's mental health
One of the things which has taken a battering from the pandemic and from successive lockdowns is the nation's mental health.
So I was pleased to see that the government has announced a new Mental Health Recovery Action Plan backed by £500 million, expanding mental health services to ensure everyone is able to access the support they need.
As we recover from the pandemic, we need to respond to the impact it has had on many people’s mental health and wellbeing, especially frontline staff, young people and other groups that have been most affected.
The Mental Health Recovery Action Plan is backed by £500 million of funding and includes new, targeted initiatives to help those most affected by the pandemic as well as a boost to existing NHS services, supporting 1.6 million people with their mental health this year.
This plan will ensure that everyone will be able to access the mental health support they need as we build back better from the pandemic.