Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East, has donated £3,000 to Harmless, a Nottingham-based mental health support organisation, as part of her pledge to take home only £35,000 after tax and share the remainder with local causes.
Harmless is a user-led organisation that provides a range of services to support those affected by self-harm, mental health crises and suicide.
Ms Whittome has previously spoken about her own experience with mental health issues. Last year, Ms Whittome took a three month leave of absence from her MP duties due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Ms Whittome visited Harmless on Friday, where she met with members of staff to discuss their work and how self-harm and suicide can best be tackled.
Commenting on her donation, Ms Whittome said:
“Harmless does incredible work with people affected by mental ill-health in my constituency and beyond.
“I know from my own experience with PTSD that getting the specialist support you need enables you to recover. The services Harmless provides, not only to those who self-harm or are at risk of suicide, but also to their loved ones, has no doubt changed lives.
“I am proud to share my salary with them and I look forward to us working together to ensure every person is able to access timely, specialist mental health support.”