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March for Mental Health: Saturday 16th January 2016, Norwich city centre, 11 a.m.

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We will be marching for mental health through Norwich city centre on Saturday 16th January 2016, assembling on the steps of the main entrance to Norwich City Hall at 11 a.m.

We organised this march in response to a large number of requests received by the local media and our campaign. Mental health is now the area of most public concern within the NHS.

We must make ‘parity of esteem’ more than a shallow politician‘s soundbite: if mental health services had received the same percentage funding increases during the last Parliament as the largest physical health trust in Norfolk, the budget of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) would be nearly £70 million higher than it is today. No wonder services are in crisis.

Despite the appalling damage from previous cuts, further cuts of £36m are proposed to mental health services that have been rated Inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

Even now, mental health services are still receiving lower funding increases than physical health.

We can show our local Clinical Commissioning Groups, local councils and MPs, NHS England, Department of Health and Government that we will no longer tolerate blatant discrimination and still more tragedies.

No more cuts, no more deaths, no more discrimination.

Below, there is a poster you can download and distribute (clicking on the image will allow you to view and save as a pdf) and a location map.

We have permission from the police and require marshals to help keep the march on route and to assist those who might need help. If you could be a marshal, please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 16th January. Please let others know and join us on the day.

March for Mental Health

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3 thoughts on “March for Mental Health: Saturday 16th January 2016, Norwich city centre, 11 a.m.

  1. Terry skyrme says:

    It’s about time that everyone concerned with mental health spoke out with one voice for proper funding; this march is a great opportunity for all concerned to make a strong statement; it would be great to see voluntary organizations like Mind, Rethink, Together, Julian Support, Samaritan, and Equal Lives, as well as staff from NSFT and Norfolk County Council all on the march. Trade Unionists should ask their unions to send delegations

  2. Ann Nicholls says:

    Excellent that this is happening but could someone please advise on the route of the march, whether there will be a rally with speakers and how much time should people allocate if they wish to take part.  That would be really useful in helping people decide if they are able to take part.  Many thanks.

    • admin says:

      We’ll confirm the route on Wednesday after our last planning meeting.

      Provisional ‘short’ route & programme, lodged with the police and ok’d.

      SHORT ROUTE – 11am City Hall (speeches).
      Set off 11.30am slowly walk down Gaol Hill, onto Gentleman’s Walk and congregate on the Haymarket/Hayhill steps area for 12 noon (speeches).
      Set off 12.45 slowly walk further along Gentleman’s Walk towards Marks and Spencer.
      Turn up Rampant Horse Street onto Theatre Street.
      Back to City Hall, closing speeches, disperse gradually by 2pm.

      LONGER ROUTE – as above, but from Gaol Hill, go up London Street.
      Turn up Opie Street onto Castle Meadow.
      Walk along Castle Meadow, up Red Lion street and onto Rampant Horse street.
      Turn onto Haymarket and congregate on Hayhill, speeches
      Move up to City Hall, via Forum plain, for 1.45pm.
      Finish with speeches and disperse gradually by 2pm.

      Please join us for any part of the programme.

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