Liberal Democrats look to end discrimination in mental health

The Liberal Democrats are calling for reform of the Mental Health Act in a move to remove discrimination in the UK's mental health services and support our mental health services in York and across the country.


In a new policy passed at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the Liberal Democrats are campaigning for:

  • Substantially more funding for mental health services to match the same levels of funding given to services that treat physical illnesses.
  • To give mental health services the same policy focus at Whitehall, as other health services currently receive.


Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Mental Health, commented:

“No person should have fewer rights because they have a mental health disorder, and no one should have to fear involuntarily detention when seeking help.”

“To end discrimination in our mental health services, we have to properly fund them and give them the same parity with other health services.”

“In York, we have seen our local mental health services feel the impact of Conservative Government cuts, despite our investment from the Council.”

“The Liberal Democrats are clear; mental health services must be properly funded, and mental health legislation must be fit for purpose to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

“It is abundantly clear; the Mental Health Act is in need of urgent reform.”


The policy would also require reform of the Mental Health Act to ensure individuals cannot be involuntarily detained, unless they lack capacity as defined by Mental Capacity Act.

For more information on the ‘End Discrimination in Mental Health' policy, please visit here for more information:

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