Mental Health Alliance launches 'Stand up for Mental Health' Campaign

20 February 2006

The Mental Health Alliance today launched a new campaign to give voice to the concerns of its members about the Mental Health Act.

The Stand Up for Mental Health campaign brings together the voices of all those who share concerns about plans to step up the use of compulsory powers and reduce people’s civil rights.

The Alliance, a coalition of 75 organisations, today launches:

The Alliance is also supporting an Early Day Motion* in Parliament, sponsored by Lynne Jones MP, with some 57 signatories after just one week.

Stand Up for Mental Health begins as mental health service users, carers and staff await the publication of the Mental Health Bill.

Alliance chair Paul Farmer said: "The Stand Up for Mental Health campaign shows that all those who work in and use mental health services want better services and a Mental Health Act that treats people fairly and is practicable.

"People with mental health problems are too often consigned to the margins of public policy. They are seen as a problem to be controlled and curtailed. Their needs are secondary to those of everyone else. This campaign aims to put them at the centre and achieve a Mental Health Act that is fit for the twenty-first century."

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