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MPs and staffers’ guide to mental health

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Many social conditions can be affected by, or in themselves affect, a person’s mental health. Worries over other issues, such as long term illness, housing problems, or social deprivation and benefits, can make people anxious, or exacerbate mental health problems.

MPs and their staff often come into contact with constituents in distress, sometimes through surgeries, emails and telephone calls.

Supporting constituents with mental health problems

Together with Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health, we've produced a guide for MPs. This booklet sets out practical ways for MPs and staffers to support constituents with mental health problems. It includes information on:

  • Common mental health problems
  • Handling difficult emails and phone calls
  • Signposting and local information.

Download the booklet

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