In the last few years mental health has really risen up the political agenda, but we need to keep putting pressure on the Government to ensure the rights of people who are severely affected by mental illness are respected and enhanced. We wanted to share a few of our successes with you below, if you'd like to get in touch with us about any of our campaigns, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow
Last summer, Rethink Mental Illness, along with members of the Mental Health Alliance, conducted the largest survey into the 34 year old Act. Many of you responded to our surveyabout the Mental Health Act, you can read our findings in our new report: A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow. Over 8,000 people responded to the survey which revealed deep concerns that people's dignity and human rights are overlooked under the Act. We were delighted to hear in the Queen's speech that the Government will review the Mental Health Act, and we will be campaigning to ensure that the voices of everyone affected by the Act are heard.
A Place to Call Home
Last year, we launched our campaign 'Place to Call Home' to protect supported housing. In that time, nearly 7,000 of our campaigners have taken action by either emailing their MP or signing our petition to Theresa May. We handed in our petition to 10 Downing Street in January.
We were asked to give evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into Supported Housing. The committee published a report recommending that the Governments plans be changed and a new Supported Housing allowance be created.
Gaining support during the General Election
During the 2017 General Election, we mobilsed our campaigners to email their prospective parliamentary candidates to 'speak up for mental illness'. Because of the efforts of our campaigners, over 400 parliamentary candidates were emailed to show their support to 'speak up for mental illness'. 43 of those were elected as MPs, and we will be working closely with them and others to ensure that issues important to people with mental illness are fully represented in Parliament.
Personal Independence Payments Campaign
More than 3,000 campaigners emailed the Prime Minister in support of our ‘Protect PIP’ campaign, which called on Theresa May to reverse the government’s changes to entitlement for PIP, a disability benefit. More than 650 people receiving this vital support contributed to our survey and we incorporated the findings into our evidence to a Parliamentary committee calling for substantial changes to the assessment process.