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

Working in coalition with others


All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health

The Group is made up of MPs and Peers with an interest in mental health and aims to inform parliamentarians about all aspects of mental health.

The APPG is chaired by Conservative MP for Broxbourne, Charles Walker.


The 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

The 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 is consensus.


Recent 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

Lord 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.


A 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 session.



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.


The 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. 


It aims:

  1. to ensure that members’ voices are heard – it is the first unified voice speaking on children and young people’s mental health
  2. to change policy at the highest levels to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people across the UK
  3. to campaign with children and young people on their mental health and wellbeing.




Critical Friends

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


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