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More than one in ten MPs sought assist for psychological well being issues in only one yr. The knowledge was printed as MPs warned life at Westminster makes them really feel powerless and lonely, whereas they wrestle to deal with bullying on social media and from celebration managers.

Exclusive Freedom of Information figures present 69 MPs out of 650 within the House of Commons made an appointment with the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner offered by the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service within the 2021-22 monetary yr.

Another 50 MPs sought help in 2022-23 and 39 in 2023-24. A BBC documentary will at present spotlight the psychological well being disaster amongst our flesh pressers with a warning that “anger and division” is making life a distress for MPs.

One former Minister mentioned newly-elected MPs had been shocked to find how little energy they’d.

She mentioned: “The whipping system can be very damaging. Traditionally, you know the whips office would withdraw funding from an MPs constituency. They might contact their political party locally.”

Social media abuse was additionally highlighted by many politicians. Carolyn Harris, deputy Leader of Labour in Wales, mentioned: “You cannot say anything because the minute you try to justify what happened or put up a defence out, it gives it legs. My mental health was absolutely shot after that.”

The MP, who was not named, advised BBC Radio 4: “You’re immediately incapable of making a difference. And I felt completely lost. And actually really lonely.”

Elliot Colburn, who shocked colleagues in February by revealing he had tried to take his personal life, mentioned eight MPs approached him afterwards to say they’d been via related experiences.

Anne Milton, a former Deputy Chief Whip, mentioned the archaic techniques of Parliament had been based mostly on bullying and intimidation.