Motion to bring back council’s Mental Health Champion role

A councilor is urging the Norfolk County Council to bring back the position of master of mental health news last month that the role had been scrapped.

The position had been occupied since 2013 by Labor councilor Emma Corlett, until the membership role was redistributed after the local elections in May.

Councilor Emma Corlett

Works Council member Emma Corlett, who had taken on the role of member master since 2013
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A scheme that called for advice on having Mental Health Champions was started by the Center for Mental Health.

In a tweet, Ms Corlett had called it a “regressive and shameful move”, adding that it was a role she had “worked really hard on for the past eight years in an impartial way.”

Graham Plant, vice president of the council, said at the time: “Norfolk County Council understands and appreciates the need for excellent mental health services throughout the county.

Graham Plant, councilor, at the grand reopening of the Venetian waterways and sailing lake, Great Y

Graham Plant, the Conservative Vice President of Norfolk County Council
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“Mental health is the golden thread that connects many of the new roles with each other, such as older people, apprentices and young people and disabilities [roles], this will play a crucial and enhanced role in the work done and is not forgotten. “

Now Labor councilor Brenda Jones has prepared a proposal which will go before the council on Monday to reinstate the post.

Brenda Jones, Labor County Councilor.  Image: Labor Party.

The motion is tabled by Labor Councilor Brenda Jones
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The motion has been issued by Liberal Democrat Councilman Lucy Shires, who serves as the North Norfolk District Council’s champion in mental health.

Mrs Jones said: “I was particularly disappointed to lose the mental health manager… especially in light of what happened in Norfolk with Cawston Park and the deaths of people who had been detained under the Mental Health Act.

“It seems like a really bad timing and very wrong, and I’m not sure why they do that.”

Her proposal also notes and questions the fact that all 12 of the current members are Conservatives.

“I feel that if you have to be loyal to your party, then how can you stand up for people’s rights?” said Mrs. Jones.

“Will they get up and be counted? Are they going to represent the interest group they are supposed to represent? ” she asked.

The motion will be considered at Monday’s county council meeting, which starts at. 10 and can be streamed on YouTube.

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