The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Mental Health Commission is holding a series of listening events across the region and it wants members of the public to get involved.
The commission, chaired by Norman Lamb MP, is already collecting evidence from people who have mental health experiences, as well as talking to professional mental health practitioners and organisations. It now wants local people to have their say to help shape the commission’s recommendations.
The three listening events are planned for:
Tuesday 26th April: Coventry Central Hall: 13:30-17:00
Friday 29th April: Dudley Town hall: Main Hall: 13:30-17:00
Tuesday 3rd May: Birmingham BVSC: Rooms 4/5/6: 13:30-17:00
The commission hopes people from across the region will register their interest in attending one of these events, as it works to understand the impact of poor mental health and wellbeing and its future within public services.
Pete Bryant, from Shared Future, the community interest company that is running the events, said:
“Around one in four people in the UK experience mental health problems in any given year and one in ten young people will experience mental health problems before they reach adulthood.
“This is a challenge for society as well as our public services, so our commission is looking at the role mental health plays in driving demand for those services. If we can try and tackle poor mental health, we can help build a better life for people, as well as reduce our spending in the long run.”
People can register their interest by going to the WMCA website –