Mental health

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on mental health. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

31.10.2016Suicide: summary of statistics
A summary of statistics on suicide rates in the UK. Includes charts and data on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, trends by gender, trends by age, and trends by English region.
14.10.2016Dementia: policy, services and statistics overview
This briefing examines policies in England to improve dementia diagnosis, care, support and research. Health is a devolved matter, and the note also briefly outlines dementia strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also provides statistics on rates of dementia, including data for each English Parliamentary constituency.
12.09.2016NHS Indicators: England, September 2016
A statistical summary for NHS England covering the following areas: Accident & Emergency attendance and performance; ambulance call volume and response times; waiting times for routine treatment; waiting times for cancer diagnosis and treatment; cancelled operations; delayed transfers of care; diagnostic waiting times and activity; waiting times for mental health treatment; workforce numbers for doctors, nurses and other staff; hospital activity, referrals and admissions; and bed availability and occupancy.
07.09.2016Rough sleepers: access to services and support (England)
Rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, many with high levels of complex and interrelated needs. This paper provides an overview of the support and services - including accommodation, health, welfare, training, employment and voter registration - that are available for rough sleepers, and the challenges rough sleepers can face in accessing them.
02.09.2016Support for UK Veterans
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Health
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
07.07.2016Early Intervention
Information and analysis on early intervention policies aimed at parents and children from conception to age five, covering health, education, social development and financial benefits. This paper also looks at broader arguments around early intervention as a policy approach.
22.06.2016Children and young people's mental health - policy, CAMHS services, funding and education
House of Commons Library briefing on children and young people's mental health policy and services.
26.04.2016Learning Disability - policies and issues
House of Commons Library briefing on policies and services for people with a learning disability in England.
25.04.2016Patient health records and confidentiality
House of Commons Library briefing on patient health records and confidentiality.

Lords Library Notes

04.10.2013Debate on 10 October: Parity of Esteem for Mental and Physical Health
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 10 October on the implications of parity of esteem for mental and physical health, as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.


07.01.2015Parity of Esteem for Mental Health
This note looks at the history of and recent developments in efforts to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards .
25.10.2012Mental Health and the Workplace
This note summarises how the workplace affects mental health and vice versa.
11.07.2012Assessing Capacity for Work
This briefing discusses the role of the Work Capability Assessment and its suitability as a gateway to benefit.
15.03.2012Impacts of Video Games
There is debate surrounding the impact of violent video games on behaviour.
01.06.2011Mental capacity and healthcare, June 2011
01.05.2010Addictive behaviours, May 2010
This POSTnote reviews research on the addictive dimensions of gambling, eating, sex, internet use and shopping. It provides an overview of factors contributing to addictive behaviours and the personal and social consequences. It also examines the implications for treatment provision, public health and prevention strategies and industry regulation.

Select Committee Reports

08.03.2010Improving Dementia Services in England-an Interim Report.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
15.07.2009Supporting people with autism through adulthood.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that an estimated two million people have a neurological condition, excluding migraine, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, essential tremor ...
That this House congratulates the Corstorphine Dementia Project's Tea Time Club on being awarded the first Degge Ridge award from the Royal London Foundation; notes that this year's ...
That this House welcomes the recent publication of the systematic review of the mental health outcomes of induced abortion by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and National Collaborating ...
That this House views both the shocking abuse witnessedin the Winterbourne View case and the collapse of Southern Cross as indicative of areas of the care system being in crisis; re-emphasises ...
That this House believes that young people with autism need more effective education options once they finish school in order to allow them to access work, live more independently and ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses