I felt something today, something quite rare and wonderful. It came as a shock, which makes it all the more pleasant. That is, a feeling of warmth and fondness towards not just one, but a large group of MPs. Not as many as some people had hoped, not by a long shot, but members of parliament gathered in the House of Commons today to discuss something which has, for far too many years, been sidelined, overlooked and if acknowledged at all, treated with a certain level of complacency; mental health.
The Mental Health Debate – the hashtag soon trending all over the UK (again, refreshing to see) – came about at the request of Mr Charles Walker, Sir Peter Bottomley, Jon Cruddas, Mark Durkan, Dr Julian Lewis, Nicky Morgan and James Morris and despite a disappointing and stark lack of bums on benches, what followed filled me with hope that we are finally getting closer to smashing a pretty huge hole in the stigma which surrounds mental illness, be that in the workplace, the home, the doctors surgeries, in prisons, schools and most of all, in ourselves and the way we feel about opening up about this issue that affects so many of us. Full Story Click on Independent Logo