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Nadia Whittome: youngest British MP to be absent from work for “several weeks” due to post-traumatic stress disorder | Political news

Nadia Whittome, Westminster’s youngest MP, has been told to take time off because she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

the Labor The Nottingham MP announced that her doctor had told her to take time off work “for several weeks” after trying to manage her condition alongside a full-time job for months.

“Unfortunately, it became clear that this is not doable and my doctor informed me that I need to take several weeks off for my health to improve,” she said.

Mrs. Whittome was elected to the House of Commons in December 2019 23 years old and became the baby of the house.

She said in a statement, “I think it’s important for me to be honest that I have poor mental health, especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“One in four people will have mental health problems every year, but there is still a lot of shame and stigma surrounding them.

“By being open about my own struggle for mental health, I hope others will also feel able to talk about theirs and that I can play a small role in creating greater acceptance and facilitating healthier discussions around. of this question.

She thanked Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and his political secretary Jenny Chapman for their “kindness” and added that her staff would continue to support voters.

Sir Keir wished her “all the best” and said he hoped “that she will recover soon”.

“I respect Nadia’s bravery in speaking openly about her mental health and look forward to welcoming her back to Parliament,” he added.

The CEO of a leading mental health charity also praised the MP’s “openness”.

Mark Winstanley, Rethink Mental Illness, said: “The lingering stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace can be extremely damaging, preventing people from accessing support and causing them to prioritize work over their own good. -being for fear of judgment.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-25 06:00:00