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Govt Pledges £12m For Mental Health Patients

GPs And Employment Advisers To Receive Training


A £12m funding package from the government will aim to help mental health patients to find and stay in employment.

Pilot programmes will be launched in four areas across the country that will see "bespoke action plans" created, and local support services coordinating their efforts to find job opportunities for people with a history of mental health problems.

GPs and employment advisers will also receive full training to identify mental health issues and understand the role of work in improving people's mental health.

Some 46% of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance have some form of mental health condition. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that mental health is now the leading cause of illness in the workplace.

"I'm heading up a dedicated mental health taskforce and pushing for investment in pilots like this to help create a fairer society where people get the right support and treatment they need, when they need it," he said.

Expert Opinion
Programmes such as those outlined by the government are crucial in helping those with mental health problems. It is crucial this type of help and support is in place to allow them to continue their lives and we welcome the increased funding made available.

“We have seen first-hand the impact a lack of assistance and guidance can have on those with mental health issues, whose condition can worsen if they feel they will be unable to work and contribute to society. Increased training for GPs concerning the identification of mental health issues will improve the services offered to patients and it is crucial everything is done to assist those with mental health problems in the workplace.”
Mandy Luckman, Partner

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