Source: Labour List UK
Labour’s shadow minister for mental health Rosena Allin-Khan has delivered the message on World Mental Health Day, taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic, that “we will get through this”.
In an exclusive interview with LabourList, the Labour frontbencher, former deputy leadership candidate and NHS doctor – who is undertaking a shift at her local emergency department this morning – said: “It’s okay not to feel okay.
“Everyone has been impacted by this virus in some way, shape or form, and the Labour Party is here to fight your corner. It’s important that we keep hopeful and we understand that we are all in this together, we will get through this, it won’t last forever.”
Allin-Khan was appointed by Keir Starmer in April as Labour’s spokesperson for mental health in the shadow cabinet, where she is shadowing Nadine Dorries. Throughout Covid-19, the Labour MP has worked 12-hour shifts in her local Tooting hospital.
“I’m enjoying the role immensely. It was quite interesting adopting a novel approach this week with picking apart some of their arguments in health questions by creating a video in which I unpicked the response that the minister gave me,” she told LabourList.