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APPG on Mental Health

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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mental Health is a group of MPs and Peers from all political parties who are interested in mental health.

The APPG regularly calls on Government Ministers, NHS organisations, health professionals, research bodies and people with experience of mental illness to give evidence at their meetings.

Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists provide the secretariat for the APPG, and help shape the group’s agenda and organise meetings.

Inquiry into the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

The APPG on Mental Health is holding an inquiry into the implementation of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.


We are now halfway through the first ever five-year plan to improve the nation’s mental health. This is an opportunity to assess where progress has been made and which areas need much more work.


The APPG wants to understand what impact the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health has had so far and what should be included in any strategy after 2021.


The consultation period runs 10 May 2018 – 15 June 2018. Consultation responses are limited to 1,500 words which respondents can split out over the following three questions or however they see fit.


  1. Where has the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health made the biggest impacts and where could they go further?
    The Committee would like to know which recommendations have seen improvement, which recommendations need more work and which recommendations have not seen any action.
  2. What should any new mental health strategy post 2021 focus on?
    The Committee is particularly interested in areas that were missed, such as old age mental health, the mental health of people with intellectual disabilities or psychosis treatment outside of EIP, that could be a focus for any work post 2021 and the future ambition for areas where we have made begun to make progress.
  3. How can we better scrutinise the implementation of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and what role can the public, Government, policy makers, Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) and parliamentarians play?
    The Committee welcomes thoughts on measuring the progress made by ALBs, data transparency and workforce.

APPG Officers

Role Name Party
Chair & Registered Contact Helen Whately MP Conservative
Vice Chair Laura Pidcock Labour
Vice Chair Daniel Zeichner MP Labour
Vice Chair Jeff Smith MP Labour
Vice Chair Rehman Chishti MP Conservative
Secretary Tom Brake MP Liberal Democrat
Secretary Baroness Hollins MP Crossbench

View the official registration documents for the APPG.

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