Steve McCabe MP has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to include a new Mental Health Bill in the next Queen’s Speech.
The Early Day Motion (EDM), which currently has the support of Labour, Liberal Democrat and DUP MPs, highlights the prevalence of mental health issues amongst children and the harmful consequences that can arise if young people do not have access to mental health treatment.
It notes the Prime Minister’s statement that current mental health legislation represents a ‘burning injustice’ to those living with mental health issues and her intention to introduce legislation in 2019.
The motion asserts that new mental health legislation must be adequately funded with investment in a properly qualified workforce and focused on the needs of children and those who care for them.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“Our mental health services are failing too many children and young people with thousands reaching crisis point before they receive any kind of treatment. The Prime Minister promised us that her government would introduce a new Mental Health Bill to tackle what she rightly referred to as the ‘burning injustice’ faced by people living with mental health issues. I believe we need focussed action to improve the lives of children and young people so that they receive timely treatment. We need action now and I hope MPs from across the House will support my call for a Bill to be brought forward in the Queen’s Speech later this year.”
You can view the full text of the EDM here:
EDM #2285 – New Mental Health Legalisation for Children