On Friday, Tory backbencher Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, sparked controversy by saying that people with mental health problems should “have the right” to work for less than the minimum wage. It might be easy to dismiss these comments as just the latest provocative statement from a member of parliament who has already caused offence in other quarters.
The author of a new book about Princess Diana says she “had a serious mental illness” and seems to make controversial statements about her bulimia and childhood experiences.
The Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill, announced by Gavin Barwell MP in Parliament this afternoon, would scrap outdated rules which prevent some people with mental health problems from being a company director, an MP, a school governor or from sitting on a jury.
As MPs prepare for the first ever full debate about mental health, Rethink CEO Paul Jenkins shares the speech he’d be giving today, if he were an MP.
On Tuesday 12th June 2012 I went to an APPG at Parliament to be a member of a panel of people with disabilities, representing people with mental illness. I went with two Rethink Mental Illness members of staff and talked with them beforehand about what I might say to get over some of the problems that people with this kind of disability face.
The Fed Centre for independent living has today reported that discussions are underway for GPs to monitor and report cases when patients have suffered serious harm or distress while being tested under the Government's 'fitness for work' scheme.
Clinical depression is the malignant all-pervading vinegar, which sours mind, body and soul, it knows no barriers and does not distinguish between race, creed, colour, class, sex or sexuality. Therefore, no matter what they may think, no one is immune from this, or any other form of mental distress.
MPs have been opening up in a completely unprecedented way about their mental health experiences, during a debate in the House of Commons.
“I believe there’s spirituality in everybody” says Ayesha Aslam from Sakoon, an Islamic counselling service based in London with clients worldwide. But our mental health system doesn’t agree.
On a sunny Saturday this May, 120 people came together for our first ever national event for the brothers and sisters of people affected by mental illness.