Our campaigns team help people affected by mental illness have a voice about the issues that they care about.
In 2003 I left my job at the Royal School of Needlework as an embroiderer and went to King's College London to train as a nurse. I qualified three years later and got a job in the HIV department at Chelsea and Westminster hospital – a job that I was very excited to be starting. A year later, at the age of 27, I had a serious mental breakdown and was sectioned under the mental health – ironically with my nursing uniform still in my bag. Sadly, I have not worked as a nurse since.
Last year, following campaigning by Rethink Mental Illness supporters, the Government announced an independent review of the Mental Health Act. This review is looking at the problems with the Act and will make a series of recommendations on how to improve things.
While awareness of mental illness has increased in the past decade, the thirty year old legislation designed to protect people with mental illness has remained woefully unchanged. Today Rethink Mental Illness, together with Adelphie Research UK, have released a new report on how we can make the Act more person centred and fit for the future. In this blog, Jonathan from our campaigns team looks at the report findings.
Today, the Care Quality Commission released their annual Monitoring the Mental Health Act report and it highlights people with severe mental illness are still not being involved in their own care while under the act nor being advised on their legal rights.
Assessments for disability benefits should be transparent, timely and accurate. Our It’s Broken Her report, published in December last year, showed that the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) do not to pass these tests. This failure has damaging repercussions for claimants with all forms of conditions, but they are particularly acute for people affected by mental illness.
In September 2017, the Work and Pensions Committee put out a call for evidence on the medical assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus today they have released their report with the recommendation that they record face to face interviews.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people with a mental or physical health condition to help with the extra cost of living because of ill health or disability. In January 2018 the government announced huge changes to who recieves these benfits and how they are assessed. While the scope of these changes is still unclear, the links below offer a round up of what we know so far.
In November 2011 Rethink Mental Illness set up the Schizophrenia Commission to review how treatment for people witch schizophrenia and psychosis could be improved. The Abandoned Illness shaped the campaigning agenda for Rethink Mental Illness in the last five years, and today we are publishing a report.
Over the last few years, Rethink Mental Illness has been campaigning for better provision to support people who are experiencing a crisis and we are pleased to hear about some progress which has been made in the London area through the Healthy London Partnership programme
With mental health talked about more than ever, we’ve been pushing to turn words into action. And we’ve had success along the way. Whether you emailed your MP or signed a petition, you’ve made a huge contribution towards improving the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. Together, this year we: