Our campaigns team help people affected by mental illness have a voice about the issues that they care about.
Below we hear from, Danielle Hamm, who has been the Associate Director responsible for Campaigns and Policy at Rethink Mental Illness since January 2016.
Did you know that four million people across the UK have money worries due to their mental health? In this special blog to mark the launch of the new partnership with Lloyds Banking Group which will enable us to create a new UK-wide Mental Health and Money Advice Service, Chris explains how having a mental illness can at times affect the way we handle money and why the new service is so important.
This morning, Monday 9th January, Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled new plans aimed to remove the ‘hidden injustice’ faced by people living with mental illness in the UK.
I was proud to give evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee this morning, representing people with mental health problems by arguing for personalised, evidence based employment support for people who feel ready to work. The Committee, made up of MPs from across political parties, is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). They were interested in hearing about the support people living with a range of health conditions might need to return to work so they can make strong recommendations to the DWP about how they can improve the system.
Last Wednesday, during the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen delivered her annual speech that sets out the government's agenda for the coming season. In this blog, Tom from our Policy Team discusses the parts that are of particular interest to people with mental illness.
Amy has been part of the campaigns team at Rethink Mental Illness for 4 years. She started as a campaigner herself, taking part in our campaigns to improve physical health support for people affected by mental illness. Soon she began to volunteer for the team, before later joining as a full-time member of staff. She’s about to move to a role at a different organisation, where she’ll be working on the links between nature and wellbeing. Today she shares her message for anyone affected by mental illness, who's ever felt that they don't deserve better.
Are you taking part in our 'Meet your CCG' campaign? Meeting local decision makers like your CCG is a great way to push for improvements in your area, but it can be tricky to know where to start. So we're here to help.
From April 1 2016 new national guidelines will ensure that at least 50% of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis will have access to the right support within two weeks. Our Policy Manager, Paula Reid, explains what this means, how Rethink Mental Illness has been involved and why we hope this is the beginning of a wider transformation of mental health services.
Ann and her family have used the mental health services in their local area. She knew things needed to improve, so when she saw our ‘Meet Your CCG’ campaign, she decided to get involved. She tells us what happened next…
Campaigners will be looking out for three key things in today’s budget.