Norman Lamb

Equality for Mental Health - An Historic Opportunity to Deliver Real Change

Norman Lamb | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

I know from personal experience just how vital good mental health care is for families across the UK. One in four people experience poor mental health at some time in their lives and this means that everyone knows somebody who has had a mental health problem. Yet for far too long our society has not prioritised mental health care. For decades, it has been at the back of the queue for funding and the front of the queue for cuts.

Celebrities Back Politicians' Cross-Party Mental Health Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics

More than 200 high-profile public figures have signed an open letter urging the Government to spare mental health spending from the next round of of s...

We Must Keep Fighting for Equality Between Mental and Physical Health

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

The truth is that there is outrageous discrimination at the heart of the NHS. If you have suspected cancer you have a right to see a specialist within two weeks - and rightly so. But if you are a teenager with an eating disorder - a condition which can kill - you have no such right. It's impossible to justify that.

Could Tim Farron Have Answered 'That' Question About Gay Rights Any Better?

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Koutsoumbos

I am a big fan of Tim Farron. I have been since long before he became party president, let alone party leader. I hope he heeds the wisdom of his one-time rival and gives us the answer we really need to hear.

We Must Ensure That, Across Europe, Liberalism and Humanity Prevail Over Division and Fear

Norman Lamb | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

As I write this article, I am on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels. You might think this a strange diversion in the final week of my campaign to become leader of the Liberal Democrats. But today's trip is at the very heart of why I want to lead our party. Because whether we are a party of eight MPs or 208, we cannot hope to address so many of the challenges we face as a society on our own. The great threats of the coming decade - global climate change, mass migration, international economic upheaval, and a deteriorating security situation - are international challenges, requiring international solutions.

It Would Be Easy for Our Party to Shelter in Our Comfort Zone - But It Would Also Be Very, Very Wrong

Norman Lamb | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Britain has become less collective, citizens and consumers feel more empowered and many individual rights - through equal marriage for instance - are better recognised. But - and this is the bad news - much of our economy, society and politics remains thoroughly illiberal and conservative.

Fracking? Let's Think Again...

Tim Farron | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

In the Liberal Democrats, it's not the leader who sets policy, it's the membership. But I reckon it's not unreasonable for leadership candidates to set out their own views, and to call for a rethink where they believe the party's got it wrong on any particular policy. And I think we have got it wrong on fracking.

Does It Really Matter Who Leads the Lib Dems?

Andrew Duff | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The Lib Dems seem quite a tough lot. While it is impossible to ignore the gravity of the electoral crisis which has clobbered the party at all levels since Nick Clegg led it into coalition with the Tories in 2010, Britain without a Liberal party would be an alien place... So what is going on: and will it make any difference who wins?

Ned Simons

Cut Prison Population In Half By 2025, Says Norman Lamb | Ned Simons | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics

The government should aim to half the prison population over the next ten years, Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Norman Lamb has said. The fo...

It's Time to Halve the Prison Population

Norman Lamb | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

There can be no other area of public policy, with the exception of the related issue of drugs reform, where establishment politicians so readily bang the drum for the exact opposite of any evidence-based solution. Our prisons clearly fail to rehabilitate: half of those released reoffend within a year, including six in ten of those on sentences of less than twelve months. Liberal Democrats must lead the call for drastic and urgent action to reduce crime, protect victims more effectively, help criminals turn their lives around and protect taxpayers money: we must push for a Ministry of Justice target to halve the prison population by 2025.

More Pictures Emerge Of The Would-Be Lib Dem Leader In His 1980s Band

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

New pictures have emerged of Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Tim Farron in a 1980s band. The Cumbria MP told the Huffington Post UK last week t...

The Liberal Democrat Leadership Battle Of The Bands

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leadership contenders Tim Farron, who says he offers a "fresh start", and Norman Lamb, who contends he can reach beyond his party An Ar...

Ned Simons

Lib Dems Must Learn From Nigel Farage, Says Norman Lamb | Ned Simons | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leadership hopeful Norman Lamb has said the party should draw inspiration from Nigel Farage in order to rebuild following its crushing electio...

Why Britain Needs Norman Lamb to Be the Next Liberal Democrat Leader

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

Norman Lamb is the future. Do not be deceived by his age, or his general weary look that can be found on any remaining member of the Liberal Democrat party, Norman Lamb is a true social visionary. With the departure of Nick Clegg, another bastion of social reform, the top spot in the Lib Dem camp is now vacant.

Putting Mental Health on the Agenda

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

It's mental health awareness week, and whilst the country is still reeling from the election shock, there has never been a better time to raise awareness of mental health.

The Liberal Democrats Are on a Mission to End Discrimination Against Mental Health

Norman Lamb | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

This has probably been the first ever election where mental health has started to be recognised as the crucial issue it is for millions of people across the country. It has been fantastic to see the focus here on the Huffington Post on mental health. But we have to make sure that this apparent consensus leads to action.

Compassionate Tory Wants Identifying Wristbands For People With Mental Health Issues

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics

People with mental health issues should wear identifying wristbands, according to a compassionate Conservative standing for election. Chamali Fern...

Mental Health Must Become a Key Issue in This Election - I'm Proud to Say the Lib Dems Have Thrown Down the Gauntlet

Norman Lamb | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

With mental illness costing our economy over £100 billion pounds a year and millions of lives put on hold because there isn't the right support, we desperately need to accelerate the pace of change. That's why mental health must become a key issue in this election campaign, and I'm proud to be able to say that the Lib Dems have thrown down the gauntlet. To keep on delivering a stronger economy and a fairer society, mental health has to take centre stage.

Young People Waiting More Than Three Years For Mental Health Help In 'Creaking' System

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Youths with mental health problems are being forced to wait for more than three years for help in a "creaking" system which cannot cope with the rise ...

The Care Act Reforms Will Give People More Control Over Their Care

Norman Lamb | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

If you have never used care and support services, it may be difficult to imagine needing help from another person to do those everyday things you currently do for yourself. But many of us may need this support at some point in our lives.

Moving Forward

Kat Pugh | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.

Experiencing Stigma and Eating Disorders

Kat Pugh | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

If I could have things any other way, I would not choose to spend so much time planning my meals, working out my feelings to avoid potential anxiety attacks later on in the day, and all the money I and my parents have spent on therapy over the years.

Decades of Not Understanding Mental Health Has Left Too Many Unhelped - But We Are Getting There

Norman Lamb | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

There is a welcome change happening in the way we talk about mental health and the amount we are talking about it. The stigma of mental health problems is still stubbornly there but I see so many reasons to be positive because things are changing. Yes, we need to go faster and decades of not understanding enough about mental health has meant too many people haven't been helped. But we are getting there, changing attitudes and revolutionising a system set up solely for physical health.

NHS To Encourage Teens To Use Apps To Help Battle Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The NHS is to encourage teenagers battling depression to use apps to help fight their mental illness, the care minister has said. Norman Lamb said ...

Putting Mental Health at the Centre of Debate

Paul Burstow | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

I am delighted to say we have committed to keeping mental health at the centre of the political debate - now let's hear everyone talking about it.