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MPs vote to scrap outdated discriminatory laws

Time to Change applauds MPs for voting through legislation to scrap outdated laws that discriminate against people with mental health problems.

MPs voted today in favour of the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill, which will now go through to the Committee stage. If eventually passed, it will put an end to archaic laws which interfere with the rights of people with mental health problems from participating in jury service and becoming or remaining a company director.

QPR footballer Samba Diakite reportedly absent with depression

Responding to reports that QPR midfielder Samba Diakite has been granted leave of absence while he deals with depression, Director of Time to Change (the anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) Sue Baker says:

“If Samba Diakite is experiencing depression as the reports say, then it is hugely encouraging to see a Premier League player with mental health problems being supported by his club – it shows how much the world of football has changed over recent years in its response to mental health. 

Pop-up mental health village at Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Making an appearance at this year’s multi-cultural Leicester Caribbean Carnival was a ‘pop-up village’ with a difference thanks to Time to Change, England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Visitors were treated to the usual eclectic mix of street performers, music and floats, as well as the Time to Change Village, which was staffed by volunteers with mental health problems including some from the Caribbean community.

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