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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Fight against stigma continues

Wednesday 22 August


I spent some of my time in London this week being interviewed for a short film (watch this space!) about the College’s support for the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill which receives its first full Commons debate on 14 September.


The Bill aims to:

  • remove the blanket ban that forbids people who suffer or have suffered from a mental disorder or are regularly attending for treatment undertaking jury service
  • amend legislation which states that a person might cease to be a director of a public or private company “by reason of their mental health”
  • remove legislation under which an MP automatically loses their seat if they are sectioned under the Mental Health Act for more than six months


We’re working with Parliamentarians and mental health charities to try to ensure as many MPs as possible turn out to support the Bill, and I would encourage all members of the College to write to their own MP to tell them about this piece of anti discrimination legislation and ask for their support. This briefing contains more information on the Bill which I hope you find useful.


Things are always a little quieter in August, which is giving me time to catch up some reading. Yesterday, I was emailed a link to this very interesting interview in JAMA with Peter F Buckley MD, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, on violence and schizophrenia.


I was also contacted yesterday by YoungMinds magazine, who are writing a news story reporting on the results of a new survey the charity has done on cuts in CAMHS funding. I gave a comment on the results, which will be published in the magazine very shortly. I’ll post a link when it’s available.   



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