Alan recently accepted a new role as honourary trustee of Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) MIND.
HEY Mind has been in operation for more than 30 years. It now has more than 60 staff and 70 volunteers working to improve the mental health of people in the local area.
Speaking on a visit to the chairty’s base in West Hull Alan said “People with mental health problems are almost treated like second-class citizens.
“The way people are referred to and the terminology that is used isn’t very respectful.
“But it isn’t just about the cultural aspects. There is a very clear difference in resources put towards helping people with mental health problems and helping with physical health.
” The World Health Organisation has a saying that ‘there is no health without mental health’ and that is very true.”