APPG on mental health

What is the APPG on Mental Health?

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mental Health is a group of MPs and peers from all political parties who are interested in mental health.

Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists provide the secretariat for the APPG. Together, we help to shape the group’s agenda and organise events with government ministers, NHS organisations, health professionals, research bodies and people with experience of mental illness. 

For further information on the APPG, please contact Cara Leavey, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, on cara.leavey@rethink.org

What is the APPG currently working on?

In 2018, the APPG on Mental Health published its report On the road to parity, following its inquiry into the government's five-year strategy to improve mental health services. The report was debated in Parliament on 30 October 2018. 

Our most recent event, in February 2019, discussed “mental health in the NHS Long Term Plan”. We heard from Claire Murdoch CBE about new plans from NHS England to transform the delivery of mental health services. 

Who is on the APPG on Mental Health?

The APPG is made up of elected officers from different political parties. The following were elected at the last APPG annual general meeting in December 2018.

Position

Name

Party

Chair

Johnny Mercer MP

Conservative

Vice Chair

Helen Whately MP

Conservative

Vice Chair

Jeff Smith MP

Labour

Vice Chair

Luciana Berger MP

Independent Group

Vice Chair

Daniel Zeicher MP

Labour

Vice Chair

Azfal Khan MP

Labour

Vice Chair

Baroness Hollins 

Crossbench

Vice Chair

Baroness Tyler

Liberal Democrat

Vice Chair

The Earl of Listowel

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