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Take part in a mental health Parliamentary inquiry

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson's has launched a groundbreaking inquiry into anxiety and depression in Parkinson's and is seeking people's views.

The APPG is a group of MPs and Peers that aims to improve the lives of people affected by Parkinson's with the assistance of Parkinson's UK.

Mental health matters too

Anxiety and depression are common for people with Parkinson's, but treatments and support often overlook these symptoms in favour of physical symptoms.

This lack of treatment can have a huge impact on people's day-to-day lives.

Share your views to improve services

The inquiry needs to know how access to quality mental health services can be improved, so it needs to hear from people with Parkinson's who have experienced anxiety or depression, as well as from clinicians and commissioners.

Take the survey

The deadline for responses is 25 August 2017.

Your insights and expertise will directly shape the final report, and recommendations to the government and other decision makers to improve mental health support for people with Parkinson's.

Please read our call for evidence document that includes background to the inquiry, along with the terms of reference and submission guidelines:

Change needed

To ensure the inquiry is successful and the government listens to the APPG's recommendations, it's essential that people living with Parkinson's and professionals submit evidence.

Holly Heath, Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser at Parkinson's UK, says:

"For too long, the mental health needs of people with Parkinson's have taken a back seat to their physical health needs.

"It is crucial people respond and share their experiences, as this is a fantastic opportunity to improve access to quality mental health support."

APPG across the UK

While the APPG is a cross-UK group, health services are devolved to each of the nations and structures are not necessarily comparable.

The inquiry will therefore focus on England but the APPG is keen to receive examples of good practice from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the inquiry, please contact Parkinson's UK who provide the secretariat for the APPG at [email protected] or on 020 7963 9349.