The country’s leading anxiety disorders charity, Anxiety UK, has welcomed the introduction of a new service to support MPs dealing with mental health issues.
The House of Commons Members’ Estimates Committee has allocated £25,000 to set up a clinic at Westminster and fund treatment such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
The news comes in the same week that the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill passed its third reading in the House of Lords and is now set for Royal Ascent.
Nicky Lidbetter, Anxiety UK CEO, said: “This is a very welcome development and highlights just how anxiety and mental health issues can affect anyone in the workplace no matter who you are.
“There has been a growing number of MPs speaking out about their depression and anxiety that has helped raise awareness of the extent of the problem.
“This also highlights the importance for an employer to provide support for the workforce, which is also a very welcome example of good practice.
“Of course, it would have been fantastic if the House authorities had invited a third sector partner to provide the service for the MPs but I guess this is at least a step in the right direction!”