Citizens Advice is calling on government to fund a pilot of integrated advice in health settings to improve recovery rates and stop mental health problems from getting worse.
Why things need to change
Citizens Advice helps people with mental health problems on a daily basis. It is the number one health issue for our clients nationally and our research recently found a 9% increase in clients reporting mental health problems in England.
People's mental health problems can be made worse by practical issues such as losing a job or facing eviction. Help with these issues alongside treatment stops mental health problems from getting worse and improves recovery rates. 8 in 10 mental health staff told us that helping with practical issues means they have less time to focus on treatment. A small section of the NHS is acting on this evidence, but there is huge potential to do more.
What we are doing
We are working with mental health charities, professional health bodies, government departments and politicians to make the case for integrated advice in health settings.
Most recently, Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee has backed our call for a pilot.
What we’re saying
Read our mental health policy research:
- The roadblock to recovery: How mental health practitioners deal with people's practical problems in England.
- Essential service markets and people with mental health problems.
- Joining the dots: Integrating practical support in mental healthcare settings in England.
- Mental health support in local communities: what role can integrated advice play?
Read our mental health blogs: