I'm delighted to report that the Government has made a commitment to address the discriminatory provisions in existing legislation which means that an MP automatically loses his or her seat if detained under the Mental Health Act.
The current legislation requires MPs who have been detained under the Mental Health Act to stand down and abolishing this would be a positive step towards tackling stigma and discrimination.
Well I'm glad that ten years is over. For me it was ten years with some very varying experiences of health services. When I look back now, I wonder why on earth I didn't complain at the time about some of the incidents.
Mental health has been under the spotlight for many reasons in recent weeks and months.
The tragic death of Robert Enke in November woke people up to the harsh reality of stigma and the ultimate consequences it can have. I hope that the outpouring of grief and support will now translate into a greater understanding of mental health issues. Something that the Governor of Lower Saxony said at the memorial event in the Hanover stadium caught my eye in particular, as it echoes my beliefs:
“We don't need flawless robots. We need human beings with rough edges."
I have swine flu, AND whilst I'm more than happy to receive your messages of sympathy I'm wallowing in a vat of self pity the size of the Watford Gap which is hardly admirable, thus I hardly deserve your kind words. (grin)