Jeremy Corbyn says mental health is a Labour priority in his first conference address as leader

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to make mental health a priority for his party.

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Every one of us can have a mental health problem'
Jeremy Corbyn: 'Every one of us can have a mental health problem'

In his first conference address as leader after being elected earlier this month, Mr Corbyn pledged to end the stigma of mental ill health and the discrimination sufferers face.

Mr Corbyn called on the government to ‘make parity of esteem for mental health a reality not a slogan’ with increased funding for services, particularly those for children and young people.

‘We are going to make mental health a real priority’, he told the Brighton conference. ‘It’s an issue for all of us. Every one of us can have a mental health problem. So let’s end the stigma. End the discrimination.’

He added: ‘As three quarters of chronic mental health problems start before the age of 18. Yet only a quarter of those young people get the help they need.’

Earlier this month Mr Corbyn created a shadow cabinet role specifically for mental health, appointing Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger to the post.

Mr Corbyn also accused the Conservatives of ‘vandalising the NHS’ in his conference speech.

‘They want us to believe there is no alternative to cutting jobs. Slashing public services. Vandalising the NHS. Cutting junior doctor’s pay. Reducing care for the elderly,’ he told party delegates.

The NHS, he added, was one of the reasons he was ‘proud of our history’.

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