It was an early start for all on Tuesday 26th September for the Rethink/SCMH breakfast.
It was an exclusive affair – if you’re name wasn’t down you weren’t coming in!!
The theme was people’s right to work regardless of their experiences of mental ill health and how to achieve this. Anne McGuire MP provided us with in insight into both the scale of the problem and what the government is doing in an attempt to tackle the problem which results from both the stigma of employers and a lack of affective policy to tackle the physical barriers to gaining employment if you have experienced mental ill health.
The discussion was stimulating and the consensus wide spread – people with mental ill health have a right to work and the government must facilitate a return employment, for those who are able, to prevent the further social exclusion of an already vulnerable group of people.
This was the second of what look like will be a string of successful and vigerous Rethink/ SCMH fringe events at this year’s party conferences!