London Cyrenians Launch “I’m In!” Mental Health Election Hustings Events in Hammersmith, Westminster, and Kensington & Chelsea.

LONDON, UK - Mental Health Charity London Cyrenians announced today that they, working in partnership with Westminster Mind, and with the support of K&C Mind, and Hammersmith & Fulham St. Mungo’s Broadway, have organised a series of mental health election hustings events prior to this year’s general election.

1 in 4 people within the United Kingdom will experience a mental health issue within one year. For some, these issues become long-lasting and end up with admissions into hospitals, and stays in supported accommodation while they work towards regaining their independence.On a national scale, mental health is becoming a more pertinent topic, however, the debate does not always necessarily trickle down to a more local level, and those living with mental health conditions tend to speak about being forgotten from the political landscape, and often express an extreme distrust of politics and politicians. Given the lack of empowerment that is felt by those within the mental health “system”, and the fact that they are, essentially, at the heart of a movement that is at the mercy of the ever-changing political landscape, it is a shame that many of those being treated for mental health issues feel disenfranchised, disheartened and disengaged.

In order to combat this, “I’m In!” hustings events have been created, with the aim of increasing political empowerment, engagement, and education across the tri-borough area in London.

The three “I’m In!” hustings events, that will take place in Hammersmith, Westminster, and Kensington & Chelsea have attracted support from the local community and representatives from the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties will be in attendance at each hustings. The events, dates, and panellists are as follows:

Hammersmith - 15th of April, 11:30am – St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9PJ. Panellists include Andy Slaughter MP (Labour, incumbent MP), and Millicent Scott (Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate), Charlie Dewhirst (parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party).

Westminster - 16th of April, 11:30am – Queen Mother Sports Centre, 223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EL. Panellists include Karen Buck MP (Labour, incumbent MP for Westminster North), Jennifer Nadel (Green Party parliamentary candidate), and Baroness Liz Barker (Liberal Democrats). Conservative speaker TBC.

Kensington - 17th of April, 11:30am – 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, London, W8 4RT. Panellists include Emma Dent Coad (Labour), Robina Rose (parliamentary candidate for the Green Party), Cllr. Julie Mills (Conservative Councillor), and Robin McGhee (Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate). For each event, panelists will begin with 15 minute opening statements, followed by Q&A sessions with pre-prepared questions from the audience, who will set the agenda for discussion during this portion of each event. It is hoped that this event will build on the success of previous Mental Health Election Hustings arranged by Susan Worrell and London Cyrenians the run up to the 2010 United Kingdom General Election.

Ravi Amruth, Senior Support Worker at London Cyrenians stated: “It’s absolutely fantastic that candidates from across the political landscape have come together to ensure that members of the electorate who are often marginalised, are able to make an informed and empowered choice at the ballot boxes on the 7th of May 2015. This event is synonymous with London Cyrenians’ ethos of customer choice, as customers will be setting the agenda for talking points during each event. I would like to thank the parties and representatives for their attendance and assistance, and also thank my colleagues and counterparts at London Cyrenians and Westminster Mind for their hard work in preparing for these events. I would also like to thank Kensington & Chelsea Mind, Hammersmith St. Mungo’s Broadway, and the commissioners of supported housing provisions in Westminster and K&C for their support. We hope to see a large turn-out on for each event, and look forward to seeing service users making an informed choice at the polls on May the 7 th .”


To learn more about the “I’m In!” events, please contact: Ravi Amruth 96 Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QG. 0207 233 7202

 Susan Worrell 96 Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QG. 0207 233 7202

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