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Parliamentary Early Day Motion

Effect of the covid-19 outbreak on children's mental health

EDM 685:  EFFECT OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

CHILD MENTAL HEALTH CHARTER CAMPAIGN MANAGER HELEN CLARK WRITES‘

In  the December  2019 Queen’s Speech, Boris Johnson announced his intention to reform the 30 year-old 1989 Mental Health Act during the course of this parliament. 

This was the first objective of the Child Mental Health Charter Campaign and I want to thank everybody who worked tirelessly to achieve it, including the many individuals and organisations who joined forces with parliamentarians from all political parties to convince a Government that was initially reluctant that they must legislate on this vital issue.   

However, the Prime Minister made no specific mention of the urgent needs of children and unless they are seen to be at the very heart of the new proposals, the life-chances of a generation will be blighted.  

The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought in its wake, further dire consequences for children’s mental health; some severe and immediate and some that may last a lifetime. 

It is now essential that the Prime Minster announces a timetable for the progress of the promised new Mental Health Bill in Parliament and confirms that it will make the needs of children the top priority.

I am delighted therefore to thank Dr Lisa Cameron MP; Lead Spokesperson for the Scottish National Party on Mental Health who has tabled this important Early Day Motion at Westminster. I now urge everybody to contact their MP asking them to sign and please email  helenrclark@ntlworld.com to let me know their response or to find out more about the Charter Campaign.

BY ACTING NOW YOU WILL TRANSORM THE LIVES OF MANY CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY ARE COUNTING ON YOU!   

Tabled 07 July 2020

2019-21 Session

That this House notes that the mental health consequences of the covid-19 pandemic are immense and will be long-lasting; asserts that existing demand for mental health services is set to increase and agrees with The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Medical Association that mental health services, already buckling under the level of demand pre-covid-19 pandemic are now facing a potential tsunami of escalation without the resources to cope; further notes that research including the University of Oxford Co-SPACE survey have observed an increase in children’s mental health problems particularly in the years 4 to 10 age range; agrees with Professor Cathy Cresswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford that prioritising the mental health of children throughout the covid-19 pandemic and beyond is critical; notes that the announcement in the Queen’s Speech of December 2019 that the Mental Health Act 1989 will be reformed gave no specific mention of the urgent needs of children; and calls on the Government to commit to an early reform of the Mental Health Act 1989 during this Parliament and to guarantee that policies to prioritise the urgent mental health needs of children will be at the heart of the drafting of that new Bill and on the face of that Bill.

Sponsors

Dr Lisa Cameron

Dr Lisa Cameron (SNP) - Primary Sponsor

Carla Lockhart

Carla Lockhart (DUP)

Jim Shannon

Jim Shannon (DUP)

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (Independent)

Andrew Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne (Labour)

Mohammad Yasin

Mohammad Yasin (Labour)

Supporters

Wera Hobhouse

Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)

Allan Dorans

Allan Dorans (SNP)

Layla Moran

Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat)

Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas (Green Party)

Clive Lewis

Clive Lewis (Labour)

Neale Hanvey

Neale Hanvey (SNP)

John McDonnell

John McDonnell (Labour)

Kate Osborne

Kate Osborne (Labour)

Munira Wilson

Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat)

Paula Barker

Paula Barker (Labour)

Chris Stephens

Chris Stephens (SNP)

Hywel Williams

Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)

Liz Saville Roberts

Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)

Ben Lake

Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru)

Kenny MacAskill

Kenny MacAskill (SNP)

Steven Bonnar

Steven Bonnar (SNP)+

Gavin Robinson

Gavin Robinson (DUP)

Colum Eastwood

Colum Eastwood (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

Bell Riberio-Addy

Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Labour)

Mick Whitley

Mick Whitley (Labour)

Tony Lloyd

Tony Lloyd (Labour)

Christine Jardine

Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat)

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson (DUP)

Paul Girvan

Paul Girvan (DUP)

Jon Cruddas

Jon Cruddas (Labour)

Chris Law

Chirs Law (SNP)

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson (DUP)

Rosie Cooper

Rosie Cooper (Labour)

Apsana Begum

Apsana Begum (Labour)

Anne McLaughlin

Anne McLaughlin (SNP)

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