Charles Walker moves a minor amendment to the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill. The Bill repeals laws that can prevent people with mental health conditions from serving as MPs, jurors, or company directors. The amendment makes technical changes to the wording in the Juries Act to remove the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health.
Following the discovery of irregularities in the way different strategic health authorities approve doctors who can assess patients for detention under the Mental Health Act, new emergency legislation is to be introduced this week. Charles Walker calls on the Government to take this opportunity to ensure that people who are ill get the representation and advocacy they deserve and that they - and their rights - are taken seriously in future.
Charles Walker backs a Private Member’s Bill to reduce the stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness. The Bill would also repeal laws that can prevent people with mental health conditions from serving as Members of Parliament, jurors, or company directors.
Charles Walker recounts his personal experiences of living with obsessive compulsive disorder. He calls for better access to independent advocacy for people facing incarceration or community treatment orders and also for a review of the arbitary way mental health issues are currently dealt with on CRB checks.
Charles Walker leads a Parliamentary debate calling for a new approach to mental health care based on compassion, understanding and respect.