Darren Henry MP Speaks Up On Mental Health Reform

Press release from Darren Henry’s Office:

On Wednesday, Darren Henry MP spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate on the need for a detailed plan for mental health reform.

Following the Queen’s Speech, a series of debates took place in the Chamber surrounding the contents of the speech and the legislative agenda for the upcoming Parliamentary session.

Participating in the debate on the NHS and Social Care, Mr. Henry said “The Office for National Statistics has shown that during the pandemic mental health has worsened across every age group in the UK, and the number of individuals showing symptoms of depression has doubled. The announcement to boost mental health funding by at least £2.3 billion over the course of this Parliament, as well as transforming mental health services and supporting more people in our communities, is very welcomed.”

“Recently I wrote to the Government to offer my thoughts on the Mental Health Act White Paper. The Government announced landmark reforms to the Mental Health Act to give people greater control over their treatment – ensuring it is fit for the 21st century and delivering on a key manifesto commitment. The White Paper details an increase in community support. I would welcome a detailed outline of what this expansion on community support will look like at all levels, when it can be expected and how it will be implemented across the country to ensure that all areas of the UK have the same levels of support in place.”

Mr. Henry then went on to make clear his support for proposed changes to the Mental Health Act, namely mental illnesses ought not to be the reason for detention under the Mental Health Act, and that neither autism nor a learning disability are grounds for detention. The importance of this was highlighted by the Broxtowe MP, who has met with several local residents regarding autism and mental health.

Darren Henry made clear in his concluding remarks that he will continue to push the Government to deliver on their commitment to evaluate and improve upon mental health services currently in place across both Broxtowe and the UK to ensure the nation’s mental health is prioritised.

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