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Date for mental health cafe talks

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 06, 2014

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MEMBERS of the public are being invited to a special meeting being organised to discuss mental health in Burton.

The non-partisan community event has been arranged to discuss the future of mental health care provision in the town from 1pm on Tuesday, July 22, at Cafe Zen, in High Street.

Mental health campaigners Fiona Mills and Matt Long will host the event, which is set to have input from all sides of the political divide.

The aim of the event is to come up with a solution to try and help the area from the closure of the inpatient psychiatric facility the Margaret Stanhope Centre.

Mr Long and Miss Mills said: “We’d like to point out that we are first are foremost mental health service users.

“Secondly, we are both mental health campaigners.

“Fiona is leading on a local public attitudes survey on mental health and Matt was part of the brilliant Burton Mail led campaign to Save Our Stanhope along with editor Kevin Booth, our Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths and Labour councillor Ron Clarke, who is now mayor of our town.

“Thirdly, we happen to be members of different political parties.

“Far from this being a problem we feel strongly that this diversity enriches our efforts as campaigners and are keen to continue the kind of cross party support which the aforementioned Save Our Stanhope campaign engendered.

“Neither of us are interested in apportioning blame for why the Margaret Stanhope Centre closed but we are both committed to working with politicians of all party persuasions and community advocates to explore viable solutions to a problem which continues to receive prominent coverage both locally and nationally.

“We hope you will support an event which can be the catalyst for further improving mental health provision in our town.”

Anyone interested in attending the event is urged book a seat at Cafe Zen by emailing either fionarosemills@hotmail.com or matt@mattlong.wanadoo.co.uk

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