Mental health defenders: because nobody wins when mental health loses

Document type
Pamphlet
Corporate author(s)
MIND (Mental health association)
Publisher
Mind
Date of publication
1 September 2011
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Social Policy
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This short publication outlines the potentially damaging effects that certain Coalition Government policies may have on mental health services and those with mental health problems. The negative effects of the Coalition's public policy outlined in this booklet include that: cuts to public spending mean some vital mental health services have been forced to close their doors; changes to the welfare system mean people with mental health problems are beginning to lose crucial benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, and the future of other benefits like Disability Living Allowance is uncertain; and some of the fundamental rights and protections set out in equalities, employment and human rights legislation are up for review, and vast reductions to the scope of legal aid means people will have even fewer opportunities to seek redress when the system works against them. The publication explores the potentially damaging effect of the Coalition Government's public policy under four headings: health and social care; welfare reform; legal aid; and employment and equality laws.

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