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PLP promise on addictions services

The Progressive Labour Party has pledged to re-evaluate services provided to people struggling with addictions if elected.

The announcement by Kim Wilson, Shadow Minister of Health, coincides with the marking of Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, aimed at stopping the stigma surrounding mental health matters.

“In our small community, we watch as that stigma deters our family members and friends from getting much needed help,” Ms Wilson said.

The issue, she said, must be addressed as a “matter of urgency”, with the same resources directed to it as to physical health matters.

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Month — Risky Business — looks at how certain behaviours correlate with mental health.

“The clearest and most recognisable of these risky behaviours is the abuse and misuse of alcohol and drugs,” Ms Wilson said.

“Regrettably, more and more persons in our community are falling victim to the disease of addiction.

“The next PLP will re-evaluate the services available to persons who may be struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, so as to enable them to lead a more purpose-driven life, free from the bonds of addiction.”

A PLP Government, Ms Wilson said, would conduct reviews of on-island mental health services “with a view to making progressive reform”.

Additionally, services for those affected by both substance and mental health issues would be provided for those in prison and residential treatment facilities.

Kim Wilson, shadow health minister (File photograph)

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Published May 03, 2017 at 5:48 pm (Updated May 03, 2017 at 5:48 pm)

PLP promise on addictions services

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