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Leading mental health organisations
have applauded MPs for voting through legislation to scrap
outdated laws that discriminate against people with mental health
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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