Teresa has pledged to help overhaul local care for Parkinson’s after a report revealed a shocking lack of mental health support for the condition – despite anxiety and depression being amongst its most common symptoms.
Attending the launch of the report, Mental Health Matters Too, Teresa expressed her concern that nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s experience mental health symptoms, yet only a quarter of those affected receive any treatment for it. The research was conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson’s, and Teresa Pearce MP is now supporting its calls to overhaul the NHS and deliver a more ‘joined up’ approach to care for all aspects of the condition.
Teresa said: “This is an extremely important report, which highlights truly shocking findings that need to be addressed. I am now going to raise this with the local health authorities to discuss how we can ensure that people with Parkinson’s in Erith and Thamesmead get timely and effective treatment that addresses not just the physical symptoms, but the psychological symptoms too.”
For more information on the key findings and recommendations from the inquiry, Mental Health Matters Too can be accessed via the Parkinson’s UK website on http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/mentalhealthmatters. For advice, information and support call the charity’s free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.