London MP Zooms in for mental health discussion led by Irish charity
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London MP Zooms in for mental health discussion led by Irish charity

LONDON MP Dawn Butler joined a Zoom meeting with members of the Ashford Place charity to learn about its new mental health initiative.

The Cricklewood-based organisation recently launched Brent Thrive – a community of local people with lived mental health experience.

The grass roots project meets regularly via Zoom and last week welcomed the MP for Brent Central to the discussion about mental health services in the borough.

“It was my pleasure to recently meet with Brent Thrive and to hear first-hand from this community about their experiences of mental health services in Brent," Ms Butler said.

"The work that they do in organising at a grassroots level to effect change in, and improve, local mental health services is absolutely vital.

"This work is needed now more than ever with the dreadful impact that Covid-19 has had upon the mental health of so many," she added.

"It will be my pleasure to take forward their concerns and to work with them to improve local mental health services.”

Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, has pledged her support for the mental health initiative

The Brent Thrive community is made up of people from various groups, including Mencap Disability Rights and Politics; Ashford Place Wellbeing; Brent Black Thrive; Mentoring Project and B3-together.

Danny Maher, CEO of Ashford Place, said: "A big thanks to Dawn for supporting this very important initiative.

"People with lived experience and those providing mental health services can together achieve a world class mental health service in Brent."

He added: "Brent Thrive is a mental health community action project formed to rethink the conversation around mental health and implement change.

"Membership is open to anyone who lives in Brent who has a lived experience of mental health difficulties."

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