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Local MP Alan Campbell recently opened an event to mark World Mental Health Day at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats.

The theme of this year’s event was Survive, Thrive, Be Alive.

Alan Campbell said "It is easy to think that mental health issues don’t concern us but in fact research shows that a quarter of us will have problems with mental health issues at some time in our lives.

Mental health is one of the biggest challenges we face and there needs to be a concerted focus on improving treatment, support and awareness of mental health, both in our local area and across the country.  Events like this are invaluable at raising awareness and challenging the stigma of mental health issues and I want to thank everyone involved in the event."

 

World Mental Health Day 2017

Local MP Alan Campbell recently opened an event to mark World Mental Health Day at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats. The theme of this year’s event was Survive, Thrive, Be...

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Alan Campbell today spoke at the unveiling of the Fiddler’s Green Memorial on the Fish Quay in North Shields.  The event marked the culmination of The North Shields Fisherman’s Heritage Project which has raised £75,000 since July 2016 for the memorial to local fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

Here is Alan’s speech from the day;

“This is an important day for North Shields, and for many, an emotional one.  North Shields has a proud fishing heritage and today marks a new chapter.

But it’s also important to remember North Shields remains a working port.  It’s the biggest prawn port in England and the most important fishing port on the East Coast.

Fishing remains the country’s most dangerous peacetime occupation - at the end of 2016 there were nearly 6000 registered fishing vessels – but in 2016 there were more than 160 accidents and 9 fatalities. 

As the North Shields Heritage Project says, the true price of fish is paid when boats go beyond the piers.  

Many fishing families have lost or know someone who has lost family or friends at sea. 

We have Julie Myhill here, the partner of James Noble, the skipper of the Ocean Way which sailed from North Shields in November 2014 and which tragically lost James and 2 other crew members.  James may have been the most recent fatality but history tells us he may not be the last.

That is why the memorial is necessary and long overdue. 

It has been a fantastic effort by the team and indeed by the whole local community. 

So I am honoured to be here today as part of this event and to say congratulations and thank you to everyone involved.”

Unveiling of Fiddler’s Green Memorial

  Alan Campbell today spoke at the unveiling of the Fiddler’s Green Memorial on the Fish Quay in North Shields.  The event marked the culmination of The North Shields Fisherman’s...

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Alan Campbell today went along to a meeting with students at St Thomas More Academy organised by Tyne and Wear Citizens.

Tyne & Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK who organise communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Their work is based on the principle that when people work together they have the power to change their neighbourhood, their cities, and ultimately the country for the better.

Alan Campbell said “I want to thank Tyne and Wear Citizens for organising the event which was a useful opportunity to have a discussion with local young people about their priorities.  Perhaps unsurprisingly student fees were high on the agenda.  We also discussed lack of support for young people with mental health issues.  I know this is a real problem and I will certainly be taking their concerns on board.”

Meeting with Tyne and Wear Citizens

Alan Campbell today went along to a meeting with students at St Thomas More Academy organised by Tyne and Wear Citizens. Tyne & Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK...


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