MP praises local Braintree Rethink for their work with people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses

10th December 2012

Brooks Newmark takes part in a debate on schizophrenia care and uses the opportunity to praise the work of constituent, Trina Whittaker, and Braintree Rethink on doing a tremendous job for those with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree) (Con): I appreciate that I did not speak to my hon. Friend about his debate, but I have been listening to him and I congratulate him on holding the debate. Does he agree that another bad thing that happens with schizophrenia is that people are left to roam the streets and end up homeless, and that a huge number of people are afflicted by schizophrenia and other mental illnesses with whom we need to deal?

Mr Walker: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. I have had an extremely good paper from St Mungo’s dealing with that very issue.

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Mr Newmark: On the subject of Rethink, which does a tremendous job, will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating my constituent, Trina Whittaker, and Braintree Rethink on doing a tremendous job for those with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses?

Norman Lamb: I absolutely join my hon. Friend in applauding Trina Whittaker and the work of the local Rethink group. I met the national group last week to discuss this very subject. It does tremendous work around the country and I applaud it.

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