Working in coalition with others
All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health
Group is made up of MPs and Peers with an interest in mental health
and aims to inform parliamentarians about all aspects of mental
The APPG is chaired by Conservative MP for Broxbourne, Charles
Royal College of Psychiatrists works with Mind and Rethink Mental
Illness to provide joint secretariat provision for the group which
meets on a regular basis in Parliament to hear from a variety of
organisations and individuals in the field of mental health.
Mental Health Coalition
Royal College of Psychiatrists works with Mind, Rethink Mental
Illness, the Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health
Foundation on joint parliamentary briefings on issues where there
work included briefings on the Health and Social Care Act during
its legislative progress which resulted in amendments being tabled,
voted on and accepted by the government.
Disability Benefits Consortium
Overseen by Disability Rights UK the Disability Benefits Consortium
(DBC) is a national coalition of over 50 different charities
(including the Royal College of Psychiatrists) and other
organisations committed to working towards a fair benefits system.
Using knowledge, experience and direct contact with disabled
individuals and carers, it seeks to ensure Government policy
reflects and meets the needs of all disabled people.
Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill
Dennis Stevenson and Charles Walker MP, supported by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, are
campaigning to repeal four areas of discrimination against those
with mental health conditions in UK laws and regulations. These
relate to MPs, Jurors, Company Directors and School Governors.
Private Members Bill was introduced in the 2011/2012 session of
Parliament and gained the support of the government. An amended
Bill will be introduced to the Commons in the 2012/2013
Call to Action Suicide Prevention
Complementing the Government’s latest suicide prevention strategy,
and overseen by the Samaritans, the Call to Action brings together
a wide range of national agencies and stakeholders across all
sectors to identify, prioritise and mobilise action to support
those at risk of, and affected by, suicide.
group aims to keep suicide prevention on the national agenda
through real change by prioritising, focusing on and tackling key
issues with clearly defined joint energies.
Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition
The Children and Young
People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) brings together leading
charities to campaign jointly on the mental health and wellbeing of
children and young people.
- to ensure that members’ voices are heard – it is the first
unified voice speaking on children and young people’s mental
- to change policy at the highest levels to improve the mental
health and wellbeing of children and young people across the
- to campaign with children and young people on their mental
health and wellbeing.
The Department of Health
commissioned the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British
Psychological Society and the New Savoy Partnership to host the
‘Critical Friends Group’ of stakeholders for the duration of the
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for Children
and Young People. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum
for advice, feedback and discussion as the programme develops with
the aim of informing the development of the work. Comments are fed
back to the Children and Young People’s IAPT Expert Reference Group
and the Department of Health. The group is co-Chaired by Dr
Margaret Murphy, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the
RCPsych and Dr Duncan Law, Chair of the Children and Young People’s
Faculty at the British Psychological Society.
There will be four meetings
of the group in total. Three meetings have so far been held,
the most recent one on May 11th, 2012