10/06/21 – A New Early Day Motion Calls For Reform of the Mental Health Act

EDM 140: Reform of the Mental Health Act, tabled 7 June 2021 by Dr Lisa Cameron MP

That this House welcomes the announcement in the Queen’s Speech on the 11 May 2021 to introduce a Bill to reform the Mental Health Act in recognition of the vast improvements in understanding and treatment of mental health disorders since the Act’s original formulation in 1983; in particular commends the Government for signaling its intention to better the treatment and referral of those with a disability or autistic spectrum disorder in the criminal justice system and while detained; calls on the Government to heed the recommendations of the Green Paper titled Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision in that Bill and to work with local government, voluntary and childcare organizations to ensure that data and expertise is shared between relevant authorities and parties and that mental health conditions are treated at the earliest possibility in whichever setting they first present to ensure the best possible health outcomes for children and young people.

EDM 140

Helen Clark, Lead Author for the the APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, said:

‘This a very important EDM and I am asking everyone who wants to ensure that the mental health needs of ALL children are central to health policy and not, merely an ‘add on’  to contact their constituency MP and ask them to sign.

We are grateful to Dr Lisa Cameron  for tabling the  motion; coming as it does,  after the announcement in the recent Queen’s Speech of May 11th 2021 that a draft Mental Health Bill will be introduced into the House of Commons in 2022 and is expected to be enacted in law by the  end of this parliament.

If the COVID-19 pandemic is not to be followed by an insurgent mental health crisis affecting our children that some experts have predicted will be a second pandemic, it is essential  that their interests are protected by legislation in the best and most comprehensive way in the new Bill.

Helen Clark, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood