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Mental health organisations welcome MP vote in favour of Mental Health (Discrimination Bill) - Turn2us

Mind website (link opens in a new window)Leading mental health organisations have applauded MPs for voting through legislation to scrap outdated laws that discriminate against people with mental health problems.

MPs voted today in favour of the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill, which will now go through to the Committee stage.

If eventually passed, it will put an end to archaic laws which interfere with the rights of people with mental health problems from participating in jury service and becoming or remaining a company director. It will also change a law that currently stipulates that MPs themselves will lose their seats if sectioned under the Mental Health Act, regardless of recovery.

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind said: “This is a momentous day for this country. We are shattering the glass ceiling that has for so long existed in mental health and prevented people from playing an active role in society. Parliament, juries and companies will be more representative and will all benefit from the changes outlined in this landmark Bill.

We are finally starting to make some significant leaps forward in removing the stigma that exists around mental health. However, tackling mental health discrimination is the task of a generation. It is this type of change that is taking us further down the road and will help to end discrimination in due course.” 

Read the Mind press release about the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill (link opens in a new window)

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