Amber Rudd visits Turning Point mental health support service

News item posted: 16 January 2017

Amber Rudd MP, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, visited Turning Point's Hastings Sanctuary Service on Friday 13th January.

During the visit, Ms Rudd met Turning Point members of staff to learn about the types of support that are available to people in Hastings, as well as who specifically is supported.

The visit also provided the opportunity to discuss local issues that impact on the service.

Mel Tapp, Operations Manager at the Hastings Sanctuary Service said: ‘We at Turning Point are delighted that our local MP took time to come and visit the service. We feel it is important to be talking about mental health and the support that is available to people in the area, so we would like to thank Ms Rudd for recognising how important services like the Hastings Sanctuary Service are.’

Amber Rudd MP said: ‘The Hastings Sanctuary Service provides invaluable mental health support to our community. I pay tribute to all the staff at The Sanctuary and the fantastic work they do.

‘For too long, mental health illness has been unacceptably stigmatised and treated as secondary to physical health. It is absolutely right that we are now correcting this wrong and transforming how we deal with mental health problems to ensure that people get the attention and treatment they deserve.’

The Hastings Sanctuary Service provides support to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, empowering people and helping them to learn techniques to enable them to cope in future. Some of this support includes teaching life skills, accessing local community groups and facilities, and signposting to education and training opportunities.

To find out more about the service or get in contact, visit the website: /hastings-sanctuary-service.aspx. Alternatively, call 01424 200 353.