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Mental health charity launches e-campaign

14th September 2006

A mental health charity has backed a call from the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) for better public healthcare for people with mental health problems.

Rethink has welcomed the DRC's findings and is calling on the public to support an e-campaign on the issue.

According to a DRC report released today (September 14th), significant discrimination remains within the public healthcare system towards those with mental illnesses.

The report findings included the discovery that GP surgeries and health trusts are breaking the law by not implementing the Disability Discrimination Act and that people with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder or depression have far higher rates of obesity, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and stroke than other people.

"This report uncovers a the shocking – and sometimes illegal – discrimination people with mental health problems face," said Rethink's director of public affairs, Paul Corry.

"The report backs up our own campaigning work on this vital issue, and we very much support its conclusions. Sadly its findings are all too common for mental health service users and carers."