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A Parent’s letter to the Chancellor: ‘Invest in vital health visitors who saved my life’

30th September 2021

We are delighted to support a parent’s call to action, campaigning for investment in ‘vital’ health visitors. Leanne, a mother of two, has urged Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to make sure every family has access to health visitors after they saved her life when she struggled with mental health problems.

Leanne Howlett

Following her experience, Leanne founded a local charity, ‘By Your Side’ – to support parents who are experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby.

Yesterday, Leanne sent a letter to Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with the support of 125 parents asking for commitment to ensure that new and prospective parents, no matter where they live, have access to a high quality health visiting service, when and where they need it.

Leanne says:

“To have to reach out and say you are struggling is the hardest call you will ever make and, for many, it can feel impossible. For this reason, so many parents end up struggling at home alone, behind closed doors, afraid to speak up. I was very lucky that healthcare professionals spotted the signs, and I don’t doubt for a second that this saved my life”.

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Leanne and all the parents who are supporting this campaign. The spending review is a crucial moment for the Chancellor to invest in rebuilding the health visiting workforce.

Would you, as a parent, like to add your name?

If any parents would like to add their name to Leanne’s letter, please click on the link below. Please share the link with the families that you support.


Calling all health visitors:

We invite you to find your inner warrior and share your stories on social media. How have you made a difference to babies, children and families? Support the #TurnOffTheTaps campaign and raise the profile of health visiting so every baby can get the best start in life. Together we are stronger. #InvestInHealthVisiting