Broxtowe MP speaks up about need for mental health reform after pandemic

Plans for a mental health reform were discussed in parliament last week after figures revealed the pandemic has triggered a rise in depression.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 9:48 am
Darren Henry MP.

Participating in a debate on the NHS and Social Care, Broxtowe MP Darren 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 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.