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

MP Guide

Embargoed until 13 November 2012

The Royal College of Psychiatrists, Rethink Mental Illness and Mind have together produced a booklet for MPs which provides advice on how best to support constituents with mental health problems.

MPs and staff regularly come into contact with people with mental health problems through their constituency work, but receive little guidance on how best to ensure that they support people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Over the last year we have worked with Rethink Mental Illness and Mind, in liaison with MPs and staff from all political parties, to find out what information would be helpful for them to have. The booklet we have produced provides an overview of mental health, and sets out the local bodies and organisations that can help MPs support constituents. It also addresses how MPs and staffers can look after themselves in situations that are more challenging, and includes practical examples of the language and working practices that could be employed.

It also provides guidance on the most appropriate places to signpost constituents to more suitable sources of help.

Copies are being sent to all MPs.

For further information, please contact:
Claire McLoughlin or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538


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