Watford’s MP Dean Russell has invited the Prime Minster to the launch of his mental health ‘first aiders’ initiative.

In today’s (February 12) Parliamentary Questions at the Commons, Mr Russell gave a public invitation for Boris Johnson to attend the launch of the MP’s new mental health initiative in Watford.

Mr Russell will soon be introducing ‘mental health first aiders’ to every school, business and community group in Watford as part of his pledge to make mental health a priority and improve mental health provisions in schools and the workplace.

The MP previously pledged for an “urgent review” of such services to assure nobody “feels isolated or without someone to turn to”.

At the Commons, Mr Russell asked: “Would the Prime Minister join me in supporting a new initiative that I’m launching in my constituency in Watford, to train mental health first aiders across schools, workplaces and the community across the whole constituency to tackle loneliness and tackle mental health stigma.

“And perhaps if I may, may I ask if he can find time in his diary to join me at the launch?”

Mr Johnson in response thanked Mr Russell for his work in championing mental health services and promises he will do his best to come to the launch.

Mr Russell has recently announced that he’s also been talking to mental health charities, businesses, police and public bodies to organise a forum in reducing stigma and tackling loneliness.