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MPs show support for the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill

Posted: 17th September 2012

Mind and other leading mental health organisations have applaunded MPs for voting through legislation to scrap outdated laws that discriminate against people with mental health problems. The legislation now passes to Committee stage and if eventually passed by Parliament will put an end to archaic laws which interfere with the rights of people with mental health problems from participating in jury service and becoming or remaining a company director. It will also change a law that currently stipulates that MPs themselves will lose their seats if sectioned under theMental Health Act, regardless of recovery.

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind said: “This is a momentous day for this country. We are shattering the glass ceiling that has for so long existed in mental health and prevented people from playing an active role in society. Parliament, juries and companies will be more representative and will all benefit from the changes outlined in this landmark Bill.

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