Earlier this week, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England patron, Lord Kamlesh Patel OBE, blogged for the Huffington Post on the issue of equality in mental health, and called for more action in relation to manifesto pledges around mental health policy.
He discusses the importance of the upcoming review of the Mental Health Act 1983, and inequalities that still exist around workplace mental health, as highlighted by this month’s Mental Health at Work Report. Lord Patel also looks at legislative change still to be actioned to bring about parity of esteem between mental health and physical health in the workplace, including the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders and amendments to the Equality Act 2010.
He goes on to explore the importance of preventative approaches in mental health and the development of the new government campaign to train one million people in MHFA. In closing, Lord Patel makes the important point that progress made among minority and marginalised groups with mental health issues could be used as a measure of the government’s progress in tackling the ‘burning injustices’ that the Prime Minister has spoken of when it comes to mental health.
Read the full piece on the Huffington Post here