It’s nearly the end of the school term, when children and teachers can take stock of a busy year and look forward to the summer holidays.
I was delighted to be invited back to Stockport Academy in Cheadle Heath to hear about the students’ achievements over the year, which are truly impressive. They put in so much hard work and are a real credit to the excellent teaching and learning at the Academy.
Victory in MP’s fight to help dementia sufferers
Ann Coffey MP has been successful in her long running campaign to scrap distressing rules that mean dementia sufferers who die in care homes are deemed to be “in state detention”.
Ms Coffey has been fighting in for a change of law in Parliament since families told her of the distress of having to wait to bury their loved ones because inquests are required into the deaths of dementia sufferers who die in care and are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty safeguard.
This meant that even if a person died of natural causes the police had to attend to sit with the body until an ambulance arrived and relatives must then visit a mortuary to identify the body again. Then an inquest had to take place.
Ms Coffey argued that this caused unnecessary anguish to families, delays in funerals and was costing the taxpayer millions.
Last week was National Mental Health Awareness Week (16 – 22 May) and I met with local resident Gill Ball to show my support for her CogKNITive Therapy campaign.
Gill has got together with a few friends to knit a mental health “bandage”, which she wore on the steps of the Town Hall to show how, although physical ill health can often be seen straight away, mental suffering can often be invisible.
I think Gill has come up with an outstanding way of showing how we must challenge public attitudes to mental health and recognise that mental health should be treated with as much care as physical illness.