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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!