I’m supporting Plymouth Live‘s Reach Out campaign launching today, which encourages men to open up about mental health struggles they are facing. You can watch my Facebook message of support here.

We need to help overcome the stigma of talking about mental illness and make sure people have access to the mental health support they need. We have heard a lot of promises from the government about proper funding for mental health, but the truth is that people suffering here in Plymouth are finding it harder and harder to get the care they need.

When I met with Paul from the Plymouth-based group Malesallowed recently, I was incredibly moved by the stories that I heard, of the men who had got to the point that they felt they had no alternative but to take their own life – and the people that supported them to bring them back from the edge.

We’ve seen a harrowing increase in suicide rates, especially among young people, since the Tories took power in 2010. And still just 1 in 4 young people are getting access to the mental health support they need. Every suicide is a tragedy. Please support this campaign.

Read more about the campaign at https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/health/plymouth-live-launches-reach-out-2483088