Early Day Motion – September 2020

Child Mental Health Charter Campaign Manager Helen Clark is delighted to introduce a new campaigning Early Day Motion: A covid-19 recovery mental health strategy for children tabled in the House of Commons on 24th September 2020 by Dr Lisa Cameron MP. Helen Clark said:

‘I am urging everyone who supports our Child Mental Health Charter Campaign to contact their local constituency MP and ask them to sign this important new Motion, tabled on 24th September in the House of Commons by Dr Lisa Cameron MP.

As the Motion states, it is now absolutely vital that the Government announce a clear and distinct strategy for the mental health and wellbeing of children; focusing specifically on the covid- 19 pandemic. Organisations whether professional, academic or voluntary and essential services including the police have stressed from the outset that children’s mental health is at ever-increasing risk from this pandemic.

The draconian lockdown alone was catastrophic for many and the subsequent September national return to school has seen the crisis increasing with no adequate support whatsoever announced for children returning with adverse mental health conditions either worsened by the pandemic situation – or even initiated by the changes to their living conditions that it has brought to bear on daily lives.

Now we even have the Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Valance in their 21st September address to the nation from 10 Downing Street , pointing to the renewed risk to mental health if, as is feared, we are approaching a Phase Two of this terrible disease.

Dr Cameron’s new Motion calls for the Government to not only publish ‘a distinctive Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People, focusing on the covid-19 pandemic ‘ but just as crucially insists that ‘the mental health of children and young people will be placed at heart of the overall Covid-19 Recovery Plan.’

We need as many MPs as possible to sign this Motion in support. Please make sure that YOUR MP is one of the first to do so. Contact them by letter or email TODAY and don’t forget to Coe mail helenrclark@ntlworld.com to give any news and request further help and advice concerning this.’

MPs Who Have Signed So Far…

We need your help to get more signatures on this EDM. Please contact your MP (use this link to find his or her email address) and ask them to sign.

Dr Lisa Cameron

Scottish National Party

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
[Tabled the motion]

Mohammed Yasin

Labour

Bedford
[Sponsor]

Jonathan Edwards

Independent

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
[Sponsor]

Jim Shannon

Democratic Unionist Party

Strangford
[Sponsor]

Sir Peter Bottomley

Conservative

Worthing West
[Sponsor]

Allan Dorans

Scottish National Party

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
[Sponsor]

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Brighton Kemptown

Labour (Co-op)

John McDonnell

Labour

Hayes and Harlington

Caroline Lucas

Green Party

Brighton Pavilion

Hywel Williams

Plaid Cymru

Arfon

Liz Saville-Roberts

Plaid Cymru

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Ben Lake

Plaid Cymru

Ceredigion

Chris Stephens

Scottish National Party

Glasgow South West

Drew Hendry

Scottish National Party

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Ian Mearns

Labour

Gateshead

Apsana Begum

Labour

Poplar and Limehouse

Munira Wilson

Liberal Democrat

Twickenham

Jamie Stone

Liberal Democrat

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Tony Lloyd

Labour

Rochdale

Emma Lewell-Buck

Labour

South Shields

Andrew Gwynne

Labour

Denton and Reddish

Daisy Cooper

Liberal Democrat

St Albans

Gavin Robinson

Democratic Unionist Party

Belfast East

Andrew Rosindell

Conservative

Romford

Craig Whittaker

Conservative

Calder Valley

Sarah Olney

Liberal Democrat

Richmond Park

Wera Hobhouse

Liberal Democrat

Bath

Colum Eastwood

Social Democratic & Labour Party

Foyle

Olivia Blake

Labour

Sheffield, Hallam

Paul Girvan

Democratic Unionist Party

South Antrim

Jon Cruddas

Labour

Dagenham and Rainham

Mary Kelly Foy

Labour

City of Durham

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Democratic Unionist Party

Lagan Valley

Claudia Webbe

Independent

Leicester East

Kate Osborne

Labour

Jarrow

Carla Lockhart

Democratic Unionist Party

Upper Bann

Sir David Amess

Conservative

Southend West

Beth Winter

Labour

Cynon Valley

Stewart Hosie

Scottish National Party

Dundee East

Clive Lewis

Labour

Norwich South

Rt Hon Sammy Wilson

Democratic Unionist Party

East Antrim

Tim Farron

Liberal Democrat

Westmorland and Lonsdale

Kim Johnson

Labour

Liverpool, Riverside