THE case of a priest formerly sectioned under the Mental Health
Act was brought forward by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd
Michael Langrish, in the House of Lords this month, as evidence
that full recovery from mental ill-health is "certainly"
During a debate on the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2)
Bill, on 18 January, Bishop Langrish said that one of the barriers
to both mental and spiritual health was "anything that reinforces,
or fails to reduce, the stigma" experienced by those with
He gave his support to the Bill, which seeks to repeal laws that
prevent people with mental-health conditions from serving as MPs,
jurors, or company directors.
The priest in his diocese was "now fully recovered, with a most
effective ministry - perhaps even more so . . . given his empathy
for others going through a similar experience."
Bishop Langrish suggested that "people find themselves sectioned
largely because medical intervention to deal with their
mental-health problems has not been made available at a much
On Tuesday, he suggested that the C of E was effective in
supporting priests with mental problems. "Twenty, 30, or 40 years
ago, it was not as good. Like the rest of society, we, too, have
been learning," he said. "The Church's present policies . . . would
appear to be very good."