The Jay Lennon Foundation has launched a major fund to raise £100,000 for specialist mental health assessment hospital beds, recognising people with mental health illnesses often also suffer from addiction through self-medication trying to escape their demons.
Founder Anna Kerrigan says: “My son went to hospital in crisis and begged for help, but because he was not a danger to himself or the public he was sent home. The aim of the Jay Lennon Foundation is that anyone arriving at hospital in crisis, like Jay, who are in need, will not go home without help. We believe anyone in crisis needs to be assessed correctly, fully and given the support they need at that time until they are linked with services that can help them in the longer term.”
In addition, the Jay Lennon Foundation campaign ‘Enough Is Enough’ has got thousands talking across social media how the now dated mental health act needs to be reformed, putting people in need at the forefront.
With support from Jay’s uncle Paul Gascoigne and actress and Loose Woman Denise Welch, the campaign is gathering momentum as you share your stories, buy the Jay Lennon Foundation scarves and sign the Enough Is Enough petition to reform the Mental Health Act.
As we know from Jay’s tragedy this is a matter of life and death.