General Election 2017
The General Election is just four weeks away. This is your chance to choose a candidate that could make a real difference in the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. We want all party candidates to Speak Up for Mental Illness during this election.
"I think that it is really important for us, as members and supporters of Rethink Mental Illness, to engage with politics, to lobby and to vote. We need to encourage those who can have influence to see things from our point of view, to realise the importance of promoting mental health and providing opportunities for all - and to realise the consequences of their decisions, so that we have a country which works for us and enables us to thrive." Frances, Rethink Mental Illness Campaigner.
Mental health has become the ‘issue of the moment’ with all parties making commitments to improving attitudes and services. But, if the nearest mental health bed is hundreds of miles away and you’re stuck on a waiting list for services, all this talk doesn’t look like it has translated into action.
Will you email your local parliamentary candidates to ask them to #speakupformentalillness during this election? In doing so you will be helping to ensure that mental illness is firmly on the political agenda over the next 5 years. We want all parties to show people severely affected by mental illness that they have concrete plans in place to ensure everyone gets the support they need.
We want each candidate to support Rethink Mental Illness’s calls for:
- Fair access to mental health services and support. We want an urgent review of funding for mental health services and an improvement in the quality of care.
- A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow. We want a legal system that treats people with severe mental illness with dignity, respect and facilitates recovery.
- Close the mental health employment gap. We want the right support for people that are not well enough to work and those that are trying to get back to work.
- A place to call home for everyone with severe mental illness. We want high quality, appropriate and affordable housing for people with severe mental illness.
You can also refer to our Speak Up for Mental Illness manifesto, that sets out practical changes that the next Government should make to ensure people severely affected by mental illnes lead long and fulfulling lives.
We are working with a number of other organisations as part of the Mental Health Policy Group, and together, we have developed a joint manifesto that you can read.
What can you do?
We are here to help you if you want to raise issues with your local candidates in the run-up to the General Election. You can: