Mental health

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

13.01.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
19.11.2015NHS Indicators: England, November 2015
A statistical summary for NHS England covering the following areas: accident and 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.
04.11.2015Powers of attorney and making decisions for another person
This note deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.
01.10.2015Accessing and sharing health records and patient confidentiality
This note sets out current arrangements for accessing and sharing confidential patient information
01.09.2015Dementia: Statistics on prevalence and improving diagnosis, care and research
This note outlines Government, NHS and other statutory bodies' work to improve dementia diagnosis, care and support and research. It also includes statistics, tables and maps on age-adjusted dementia prevalence across the UK, including for each English Parliamentary constituency.
20.07.2015Learning Disability - policies and issues
This note examines the key issues and policy areas affecting people with a learning disability, and looks at what is being done to ensure people with a learning disability have equal rights, access and opportunities.
28.05.2015Talking Therapies for Mental Health Problems: Statistics
How many people are referred for cognitive behavioural therapy and other talking therapies for mental health problems? How long are waiting times for treatment after referral? This note gives data for the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for local CCGs.
20.05.2015Children and young people's mental health - policy, CAMHS services, funding and education
This briefing provides an overview of policies on children and young people's mental health services. It applies to England only.
12.05.2015Autism - overview of policy and services
This briefing provides an overview of policies and services for people with autism.
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics: Health
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.

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