The MP and Staffers’ Guide to Mental Health has been updated and is full of useful information on how to support and signpost constituents with mental health needs. We highly recommend that you read this guide.
Here’s what’s in it:
- Quick-reference guide
- An overview of mental health
- How much help should you give?
- How to help someone in distress
- Handling difficult emails and phone calls
- Signposting and local information
You can view it on the Rethink Mental Illness website here.
As an aside from those of us at W4MP who have been around for a bit: if you are new to the job you might just be thinking that you are the only one who has ever had to help constituents with mental health problems. Everyone who has ever worked for an MP, and particularly those based in constituency offices and dealing with casework, tends to be surprised how much of an issue this can be, particularly in your first few weeks. Hopefully this booklet will help you put things in perspective. Good luck!
The leaflet is a joint production by:
The NHS in England is made up of, and supported by, a number of different kinds of organisations at local and national level. They have produced a very useful guide to who does what and how NHS services are funded, delivered and regulated for your constituents.
If you are an MP or a member of an MP’s staff and would like a copy of the guide, please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Please note that this guide is not available to members of the public.
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
If you want to stay up to date with the latest health and social care inspections in your constituency, then sign up for their email alerts, and they will send you an email once a week with the details of their activity in your area, including:
- services they have started inspecting
- new inspection reports they’ve published.
- Where they’ve published a new report, you’ll be able to click on a link in the email to read it straightaway.
Sign up here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/cqc-subscriptions/subscribe/english-constituency