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Roman Kemp blasts Tories for ‘not caring’ about mental health

Roman Kemp has slammed the Tories for their inaction over mental health (Picture: Kate Green/Getty Images)

Long-time advocate for mental health support, Roman Kemp has called out the Conservative Party for ‘not caring’ enough to enact change.

The One Show presenter – and this year’s Brit Awards host – launched his Here4You campaign last month in collaboration with six of the UK’s charities to support those in need.

Criticising the apparent lack of action, Roman said: ‘The Government seemingly does not care because they aren’t doing anything.’

The 31-year-old DJ has been pushing for political intervention to stop the growing mental health crisis, especially since the pandemic saw an increase in diagnoses across the country.

The NHS now estimates one in five young people between the ages of eight and 25 suffer from some sort of mental health problem.

In September, Roman wrote a moving open letter to the government in which he pleaded with them to action policies, particularly around suicide prevention.

He previously called for support to be put in place in schools (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Winter Wonderland)

This resulted in an invite to Downing Street, which Roman – the son of Martin Kemp and Shirlie Holliman – attended and presented a proposal for how to tackle the crisis.

He is hoping the government will implement mental health support teams in every school, previously stating that current service CAHMS is ‘stretched beyond their means’.

Despite these conversations, the Tories are yet to make any policy announcements about young people’s mental health.

Roman continued to The Mirror: ‘What is the point in doing something if you don’t want the best outcome?  The Government will say they are happy with 50% as a target but any child is pressurised beyond belief.

‘I spoke to high-up people at No10. It is something they can promise to my face but will they action it?’

The presenter has been incredibly honest about his own mental health struggles as well as supporting pal Lewis Capaldi’s decision to step back from the spotlight.

In his open letter, he wrote: ‘At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with depression and experienced suicidal thoughts for the first time.’

The star continued outlining where he felt the government’s shortcomings were and what needed to be done. 

Roman added: ‘The current target leaves children across the UK in a lottery as to whether or not someone is there to help them.

‘I believe that increasing this number could swiftly provide life-saving help and support to young people who are struggling.’ 

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘We are determined to support children and young people with their mental health, which is why we are investing an additional £2.3billion a year into NHS mental health services.’

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