Wellbeing

The World Health Organisation has stated that by 2030 the biggest health burden on the whole of the planet will not be heart disease or cancer; it will be depression. The term “burden” is not a pejorative but a descriptive term for the burden on the individual, their family, society and the economy. This tsunami of mental ill health is coming our way, and I believe that we are ill-prepared for it—ill-prepared for how we treat our adults and especially our children and young people.

In 1991, 9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued; today, that figure is 65 million per year. There are better ways to deal with mental ill health and to promote human flourishing.

Replies to Parliamentary questions that I have tabled in this House show that 32.3% of 15 to 25-year-olds have one or more psychiatric conditions and that 85% of prisoners go into jail with mental health conditions. In 1991, 9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued; today, that figure is 65 million per year. There are better ways to deal with mental ill health and to promote human flourishing.

One of these ways is via Mindfulness. We are all somewhat mindful some of the time, but we can choose to cultivate this faculty and refine it to ever-greater degrees through practice. Being mindful does not necessarily involve meditation, but for most people this form of mind-training is required to strengthen the intention to stay present and cultivate an open and allowing quality of mind. What is often referred to as “Mindfulness”, therefore, is a practice that individuals and groups can do on a day-to-day basis. It is an integrative, mind-body based training that enables people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. It sounds and is simple, but it is remarkably hard to do, especially in our modern task-focussed lives.

I have been an advocate of Mindfulness for many years and believe it is one of the ways we can address the mental health issues society is facing. Below you can find links to Parliamentary Questions I have tabled and other work carried out on mental health

Inquiry into the links between inequality, health inequalities and food sustainability

A PARLIAMENTARY committee is calling for evidence for an inquiry into the links between inequality, health inequalities and food sustainability. The House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment will be considering how a healthier and more environmentally ... read more

Exhibition praised by Chris Ruane MP

An exhibition which showcased the human cos of the dementia care crisis has been praised by Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd. Mr Ruane recently joined other MPs at an Alzheimer’s Society photography exhibition in Parliament.  The photo exhibition, 'Dementia Care: The Crisis Behind ... read more

We must act to combat loneliness in the armed forces

The unique pressures of life in the armed forces can increase vulnerability to loneliness and social isolation. Prevention and intervention is needed, says Chris Ruane. Read the full article here: ... read more

Pension Credit advice session

10am - 12pm Friday May 31st at the North Wales Bowls Centre, Prestatyn. AN ADVICE drop-in session to discuss Pension Credit and changes to the system has been organised by Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd. Working with Citizens Advice Denbighshire and Prestatyn County Councillor Paul ... read more

Suicide

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information he holds on which cities in the UK have the highest suicide rates per 100,000 people in each year for which data is available. Answering member: Chris Skidmore | Party: Conservative Party | Department: Cabinet Office | Asked to reply: ... read more

House Of Commons Tabled Parliamentary Question 2017-19 192092

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government's press release entitled PM launches Government’s first loneliness strategy, published on 15 October 2018, whether his Department has conducted a loneliness policy test on Budget 2018. Department: Treasury 16 Nov 2018 ... read more

Mental Illness: Sleeping Rough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of rough sleepers suffer with mental ill health. Answering member: Jackie Doyle-Price | Party: Conservative Party | Department: Department of Health and Social Care The information requested is not ... read more

General Practitioners: Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of GPs experiencing mental health illness in each of the last six years. Answering member: Steve Brine | Party: Conservative Party | Department: Department of Health and Social Care No ... read more

Students: Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of university students have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Answering member: Mr Sam Gyimah | Party: Conservative Party | Department: Department for Education Any disclosure of diagnosed mental health ... read more

Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2018 to Question 143768, what the average waiting time was for women to be treated for mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year of giving birth for each year for which data is ... read more

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