Back the Mental Health Discrimination Bill Campaign

Video on Royal College of Psychiatrists YouTube Channel on Backing the Mental Health Discrimination Bill Campaign

The Royal College of Psychiatrists together with Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have collaborated on the Mental Health Discrimination Bill Campaign including the video shown above (on the YouTube Channel for the Royal College of Psychiatrists). The intention of the Bill is to revoke four pieces of legislation that discriminate against people with mental illness. Thus currently

  • Members of Parliament lose their seats if they are detained under the Mental Health Act for more than 6 months regardless of whether they have recovered (Section 141 of the Mental Health Act 1983)
  • Mental disorder can prevent a person from carrying out work in the jury service (Juries Act 1974)
  • Mental illness can prevent a person from carrying out work as a school governor (School Governance Regulations 2007)
  • As a result of mental illness a person’s status as Company Director can be removed (Companies Regulations 2008)

The video features Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as the CEO’s of Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and many campaigners for the Bill. Although introduced into Parliament for discussion in May 2012, the Bill is due to be discussed in Parliament at the beginning of September 2012. On their webpage, Mind asks readers to send them any examples of discrimination that are relevant to the Bill in order to support the campaign.

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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