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Coronavirus: Mental Health

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 82325, tabled on 28 August 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on mental health; and what the implications are of that assessment for the timetable of proposals to reform the Mental Health Act 1983.

Answered on

10 September 2020

There is broad consensus that there is the potential for an increase in demand for mental health services as a result of COVID-19 and we are working with the National Health Service, Public Health England and others to ensure ongoing assessment of the potential longer-term impacts and to plan for how to support mental health and wellbeing throughout the ‘recovery’ phase.

We have committed to publishing a White Paper which will set out the Government’s response to Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and pave the way for reform of the Act. We will publish our White Paper as soon as it is possible to do so. We will consult publicly on our proposals and will bring forward a Bill to amend the Act when parliamentary time allows.