Written Evidence submitted by Robert Killen (MH0001)

I am Robert Killen. I am a Land Agent based in Gloucestershire. I am fully involved in rural life and communities having acted a Parish Clerk and recently retired as Chairman of Gloucestershire CLA. I acted as Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Authority’s Rural Crime Forum.

Over the last ten years I have become more aware and concerned about mental health in rural communities.

Firstly I think it is worth noting that when we set up the Avon and Somerset Police Authority’s Rural Crime Forum we expected to spend the meeting examining rural crime but it quickly became clear how important mental health issues were couple with a distinct lack of communication between stakeholders (e.g. Police, Local Government, Trading Standards, Environment Agency, Public Health Authorities, National Parks etc)

Particular points that I would put forward are:

 

 

On solutions:

 

January 2022