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. 


MPs and staffers' guide to mental health

Together with Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health, we produced a booklet which 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

Mental health in parliament survey

In 2008 the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health surveyed MPs, Peers and their staff members to find out how much they understood about mental health, and how many of them had direct experience of a mental health problem.

To find out more about the APPG for Mental Health, please contact Rethink Mentall Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


  • 80% were interest in mental health
  • One in five MPs had personal experience of a mental health problem
  • One in three said stigma was a barrier to openness about mental health

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