Two local MPs have been given a first-hand glimpse of the work being done in Lichfield to support young people facing mental health problems.
Conservative duo Christopher Pincher and Michael Fabricant visited the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at the Samuel Johnson Hospital last week.
The service sees young people from across the region, with a particular emphasis on supporting those on the autism spectrum who have no formal diagnosis.
Mr Fabricant said: “Over a third of the population will suffer mental health issues at some time in their lives. It is so important that problems be identified early and that is why the dedicated team at CAMHS play such an important part in young people’s lives.
“The diagnosis of autism is particularly important in order to avoid behavioural problems at school and I welcomed the opportunity to question the psychologists and psychiatrists at the Centre about this.
“Both Christopher Pincher and I are discussing these matters with ministers at the Department of Health.”
Mr Pincher added: “CAMHS provide a vital service in the mental health care they give to young people.
“I have a number of constituent cases with them, especially around autism.
“I completely agree that mental health must be seen as equal to physical health and I am encouraged to see the plans and funding the Government are putting in place to achieve that.
“I currently have a number of different conversations ongoing with the Department of Health regarding services and I look forward to working with constituents to get this best for our community.”