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. The APPG scrutinises the government’s approach to mental health, discusses new policy solutions, and facilitates debate on key issues.

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 Danielle Fox, Policy and Public Affairs Senior Officer, on danielle.fox@rethink.org

What is the APPG currently working on?

The APPG focuses on many issues important to improving mental health services. Recently we have conducted meetings into the reforms to the Mental Health Act, which will cover the reception, care and treatment of mentally unwell people.

Over the course of 2021 we will host a series of other meetings. Some examples include looking at what the government’s approach to mental health should be post-pandemic, mental health social care services, and on the benefits of social prescribing for mental illness and mental well-being.

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 April 2021.

Position

Name

Party

Co-Chair

 

Co-Chair

 

Vice-Chair

 

Vice-Chair

 

Vice-Chair

 

Vice-Chair

 

Vice-Chair

 

Vice-Chair

 

Jeff Smith MP

 

Dean Russell MP

 

Wera Hobhouse

 

Baroness Hollins

 

Baroness Tyler

 

Colleen Fletcher

 

Rachel Maskell

 

Baroness Watkins

 

Labour

 

Conservative

 

Liberal Democrat

 

Crossbench

 

Liberal Democrat

 

Labour

 

Labour

 

Crossbench

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