The third reading and debate of the troubled 2006 Mental Health Bill at the House of Commons, Westminster and will run from 3.30 to 10.00pm on both days.
MPs will get their only opportunity to debate and then vote on changes to the law which are likely to touch the lives of every black family living in Briton today.
Visitors attending will view the debate from the public gallery (full information can be accessed at http://www.parliament.uk/about/visiting/debates.cfm).
The virulent racism within mental health services has led to the destruction of the lives of a generation of African Caribbean’s with this people from theses communities 44% more likely to be sectioned than a British White person, despite similar rates of mental ill health.
The Government plans to pass new powers within the Bill which will allow health professionals to forcibly medicate anyone suspected of mental illness within their homes without warrant. Health experts believe that the increased powers will be used in a racist way and turn professionals into jailers.
‘The civil liberties of people in our community are at stake here – we are encouraging anyone who has the time and who cares about our civil liberties and freedoms to come down and listen to the debate – even if it’s only for an hour. Our presence in these arenas does make a difference. We will have to live with the changes in these laws for at least a generation. It is important that to come and see for yourself who is speaking out for us and supporting us at such a critical time so we can do the same for them at the next election.’ Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health said.
Venue: St Stephens Gate entrance, The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Time: Monday 18th June 3.30 – 10.00 – feel free to come and listen for just one hour. Tuesday 19th June 3.30 – 10.00 – feel free to come and listen for just one hour
The nearest tube is Westminster on the Jubilee, District and Circle Lines. Buses numbers 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77a,88, 148, 159, 211, 453, stop near the House of Commons