Following on from the successful Love Hastings, Love Yourself event held in Hastings (October 2016) to celebrate World Mental Health Day, Hastings Youth Council has submitted a petition to Amber Rudd Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye.
The Youth Council is petitioning Government to appoint a mental health minister to overlook and monitor mental health and ensure that the Clinical Commissioning Group and other organisations respond to the growing mental health crisis in Britain.
They presented the petition with over 280 signatures to Amber Rudd MP on Friday 09 December at her local constituency office in St Leonards.
“Mental health is very important to the young people in Hastings and this is why it’s been a campaign of ours” said Huda Caglayan chair Hastings Youth Council.
“We need more investment and commitment to tackling mental health issues and it’s hoped our petition may lead to this” she added.
“The Youth Council is committed to highlighting mental health issues in young people locally and we fully support them in their endeavours” said Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for communities.