Neil Hamilton, the UKIP AM for Mid & West Wales, is backing an initiative to help promote mental health and wellbeing in Wales.
Members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Cymru, were at the Assembly, this week and Mr Hamilton took time to show his support for the organisation’s ‘Getting my Life Back’ campaign.
Mr Hamilton said:
“The aim of the survey is to find out what people are doing to manage their own wellbeing and I was happy to take part and support the initiative.
“These days, more than ever, Occupational Therapists have an increasingly important role to play and need our support. They improve lives and save money for the NHS on a daily basis.
“In the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ mental health campaign reports, released this month, it showed just how they lead and innovate in several areas.
“The feedback will enable them to gather more information about occupational therapists’ practices in four different areas, including ensuring young people with mental health problems achieve their full educational potential; addressing the employment needs of people with mental health problems.”
About one in six people experience a common mental health problem each week and over 85% of people first disclose their problem to their GP.
However, only 5% of mental health professionals, such as occupational therapists, work in GP services, with the majority of mental health services based in secondary and acute care. This makes services difficult for people to access when difficulties first become apparent.
The RCOT is now calling for prioritising prevention and early intervention in mental health services, so people can be helped before the problems escalate.
The survey is open from May 11 –July 11 2018 and can be accessed via: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WX88S9W To find out more about the campaign please go to http://cotimprovinglives.com.