As we welcome in a new year, we wanted to send you a special message to say thank you for campaigning with us in 2017.
Mental health was right at the top of the political agenda last year. In the General Election in June, there were more mentions of mental health in the party manifestos than for any other condition in any other election since 1945.
Together, we have made a real impact.
•We secured a review of the Mental Health Act.
We called for a reform of the Act in our election manifesto and in 2018 we’ll be watching to see that it’s done properly.
•Nearly 3,000 of you told the Government what needed to change in the benefits system and in the workplace.
In response, the Government announced action to improve the way employers support people’s mental health.
•The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill passed through its first stage in Parliament.
You asked your MP to turn up to debate the bill and MPs voted unanimously in favour. This is a huge step towards making mental health settings safer for people in crisis.
•We campaigned against changes the Government made to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which limited the amount of support for people who struggle to make journeys because of psychological distress.
The High Court ruled that these changes were unlawful because they unjustifiably discriminate against people with mental health problems.
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We know there is still a long way to go before mental health and physical health are treated equally. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.