Guide published to help MPs and staff support
constituents with mental health problems
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, Rethink
Mental Illness and Mind have together produced a booklet for MPs
and their staff 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 their
staff 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.
We believe that by developing understanding and confidence in
supporting people with mental health problems will lead to a more
meaningful interaction between constituents, MPs and their
MP guide to
supporting constituents with mental health problems