The People’s Parliament is a strategic body led by MPs with recent lived experience of mental health difficulties. Its function is to hold decision makers to account for improvements in services and supports so that people who experience mental health difficulties can have an improved quality of life and be in greater control of their own mental wellbeing. The Parliament is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, just outside of Birmingham. 

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Developmental Work

Monitoring Work

The Parliament is also developing several areas of work in its own right, with partners.  These are:

  • Quality of Life Mental Health Standards

These standards are a tool that can be used in a variety of ways to drive change. They are being embedded into commissioning processes to inspire and stimulate recovery focused approaches, challenge assumptions, shape thinking and stimulate cultural change in working practices.

      Read the standards

  • Community Places of Safety

One of the Parliament’s current priorities is the development of a Community Place of Safety. You can read about this below:

       Read the briefing paper

The Parliament hold regular monitoring meetings, asking key decision makers, commissioners and other senior figures for progress made against Parliament priorities. The last meeting was held on 17th November 2017.

You can read the agencies responses by clicking on the image below:


A key focus for the People’s Parliament during 2018 is to prioritise the monitoring of 24/7 access to mental healthcare and increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT). Other areas will also continue to be monitored, but will not be prioritised.


The role of an MP in the People’s Parliament

The Mental Health People's Parliament is made up of MPs with recent lived experience of mental health difficulties within the last two years.  We decided MPs would need to have recent experience as we want to improve services as they operate now, so people need recent or current experience of those services.

If you are a Sandwell resident and have recent lived experience of mental health difficulties click below to learn more about being an MP, or alternatively contact us on [email protected] or 0300 302 0770.

 Read about how to become an MP