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Helen Hayes MP debates Mental Health Act reform in Parliament

Lambeth & Southwark Mind were delighted that Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood, was able to raise the Mental Health Act Reform in Parliament this week. Helen’s debate was held in Westminster Hall with the Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety, Nadine Dorries MP, responding on behalf of the government.

 

Helen provided an extremely impassioned and persuasive speech which focused on the plight of those suffering with mental illness and the challenges they face with their care. In particular, she spoke in detail about racial inequality in the mental health services.

 

We were pleased that Helen used Lambeth & Southwark Mind’s consultation submission on the Mental Health Act reform as the backbone of her speech, stating, “I am grateful to Lambeth & Southwark Mind for the work it has done to engage with local residents in Lambeth and Southwark, including many with lived experience of accessing mental health services. That work has informed its submission to the consultation, which I will draw on today.”

 

We are grateful to be working so closely with Helen on the reform of the Mental Health Act, and we will continue to do our outmost to represent the interests of those we support in Lambeth and Southwark. 

 

If you would like to watch Helen’s debate, please click the following link, or alternatively, you can read it here.

Posted on: 22nd June 2021

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