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Dagenham and Rainham MP says more must be done to tackle stress, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

PUBLISHED: 14:24 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 15 May 2018

MP Jon Cruddas has been vocal in his support for mental health awareness campaigns in the past. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

MP Jon Cruddas has been vocal in his support for mental health awareness campaigns in the past. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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The MP for Dagenham and Rainham has spoken out about the importance of mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme of this year’s campaign week, which runs until May 20, is stress, and Jon Cruddas has emphasised the importance of tackling its’ causes instead of just treating symptoms.

He said: “Mental ill health is something that will affect one in four people over the course of their lifetime in the UK and quite frankly, more needs to be done. We need to start looking at the underlying issues that lead to mental ill health and how we can tackle them.

“This year the focus is on stress, which is a key cause of problems such as depression and anxiety. There are some fantastic resources available to help people that may be feeling overwhelmed.”

The MP has publically supported mental health awareness campaigns Time to Talk and Movember in the past, and he highlighted Mind, Rethink and the Mental Health Foundation as places to seek support for stress. To find about mental health services in Barking and Dagenham, click here.

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