What is the Report?
In 2020 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin published findings from its latest Inquiry into mental health and skin disease. An inquiry that The Vitiligo Society was involved in shaping on behalf of the UK vitiligo community.
More than a dozen leading doctors, specialising in dermatology and mental health led the report, as well as patient organisations, and the dermatology specialist groups, the British Association of Dermatologists, the Primary Care Dermatology Society, and the British Dermatological Nursing Group.
The aim of the report was to gain insight into the state of mental health services available to patients with skin conditions in the UK and the psychological impact of these conditions. It is divided into chapters that aim to cover every aspect of mental health and skin disease, ranging from the design and commissioning of services to healthcare professional training, research priorities and patient advocacy.
When will the debate take place?
Sir Edward Leigh in his capacity as Chair of the APPGS now been successful in his application for a Westminster Hall debate on the APPGS report on Mental Health and Skin Conditions published in 2020.
This will take place next Tuesday 25th January at 4:30 pm and continue to 5:30 pm so there will be space for other speakers and of course the Minister’s response.
How can I watch the debate?
The debate is only open to MPS and visits to the House are currently suspended but it will be available to be watched on Parliament TV https://www.parliamentlive.tv/
Why is this important for people living with vitiligo?
It’s hugely positive for dermatology issues such as this to be discussed in Parliament, and we can hope that it raises awareness amongst leaders of the importance of mental health support for people living with visible skin conditions, and well as highlight the need for investment in research.
If you need a copy of the APPGS report, you can find that on the APPGS website APPGS – The All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin