Last chance to have your say on the Mental Health Commission

People who want to contribute to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Mental Health Commission have got less than a week to register their interest in one of three listening event taking place across the region.

The WMCA is holding a series of open space events and it wants members of the public to get involved.  People have until 18 April to register their interest on the WMCA website.

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 is working 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:

“We are reaching out to people to play their part in this groundbreaking commission.  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. 

“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.  This is a great opportunity for people to have their say.”

People can register their interest by going to the WMCA website –

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