Government and Politics

This week Lord Justice Leveson published the report following his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. The Society submitted evidence to the inquiry in 2011 calling for the press to consider the psychological implications of stories they publish. The British Psychological Society is mentioned in volume one of the report as part of a section on gathering and presentation of evidence. The report states: “submissions from different groups … covering other areas of extremely important social awareness; these included, among others, submissions concerning the treatment afforded by the press to the young, the mentally ill, the disabled and other groups in society, some of which were vulnerable and others the particular subject if press concern”.
“Mental health has an institutional disadvantage in health and care services,” said health minister Norman Lamb on Thursday. He was speaking at the Psychological Therapies in the NHS 2012 conference organised by the New Savoy Partnership at the Mermaid Conference and Events Centre in London.
Mental health is to be given parity with physical health under the first NHS Mandate, which was published yesterday. 
The government is launching a new Dementia Friends scheme, reports BBC News. It is modelled on a similar programme in Japan which has recruited three million volunteers.
Poor mental health in the workplace costs UK employers an estimated £26bn, according to a new briefing published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).
Negatively framed political attitudes (“I don’t like Obama”) are stronger than positively framed attitudes (“I like Romney”), and this effect is strengthened when people think more deeply about the issues involved.
A minister in the Holyrood government has spoken of the important part that evidence-based psychology interventions will play in implementing Scotland’s new mental health strategy.
Psychological and mental health services are currently going through a huge change agenda in order to survive. There are expectations for increased productivity as well as quality demonstrated by a wide ranging performance targets.
Peers including the vice president of Barnardo’s and a former primary school headteacher debated child development in the UK and its bearing on national wellbeing earlier today.
People with a certain personality type may be more likely to switch their political allegiance, new
Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Exeter, is speaking at fringe meetings being held as part of the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this month.
A new Measuring National Wellbeing report has been published by the House of Commons Library.
A private member’s bill that would repeal laws preventing people with mental health problems from serving as MPs, school governors, jurors or company directors received its second reading in the Commons today (14 September).
People may be more likely to change if they are nudged towards something rather than told to do it.
Four members of parliament spoke about their own mental health problems in a House of Commons backbench debate held in June.
The government is to produce a declaration against female genital mutilation (FGM) that will state that the practice is a criminal offence, including when a British citizen is outside the UK, and what the penalties are for anyone found committing
Dr Peter Banister, President of the British Psychological Society, has welcomed news of a substantial increase in the number of people receiving psychological therapies in the NHS.
The scale of mental health problems in the UK's criminal justice system is shocking, it has been claimed.
The BPS has been involved in a response to a Ministry of Justice consultation.
Students are encouraged to perform better when there is the prospect of an immediate reward.
The BPS is working with the Department of Health to assist in the development of a concordat on learning disabilities.
On 14 June, a House of Commons debate on mental health was held.
England's children's homes are failing to protect vulnerable youngsters who run away or go missing, a new report by the all-party parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults has warned.
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