Our campaigns team help people affected by mental illness have a voice about the issues that they care about.
Following the successful ‘Meet your CCG’ campaign last year, Rethink Mental Illness has published the ‘Progress through Partnership’ report. This report highlights low levels of co-production within the design of mental health services, and identifies ways in which CCGs can be supported to involve experts by experience more.
As MPs set off for their summer break following the General Election, Chris from our campaigns team reflects on a busy six months and how, together with our supporters, we are helping shape mental health policy and ensuring that people with mental illness have a voice.
Denise, a mental health campaigner, shares her distressing experiences of applying for financial support. She wants the next Government to make sure that people with severe mental illness receive the right support if they are not well enough to work, or when they are trying to get back to work.
Rethink Mental Illness is calling on the next Government to ensure everyone severely affected by mental illness can access the support they need through better funded and designed mental health services.
Supported housing gives people with mental illness opportunities that most of us take for granted. For example, Mark now has the chance to get a job and drive a car again. “My goals now are to build my confidence...my new flat is really close to where I was living before, so I know all the bus routes into town and the local area, and that makes the change so much easier
Back in March Gillian Connor, Head of Policy and Development at Rethink Mental Illness, gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government and the Work and Pensions Select Committees .These Committees, made up of MPs from across political parties, is undertaking a joint inquiry on the government’s proposals for supported housing.
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.