Monday, December 15, 2008

'Not enough support' for mentally ill people to work

Government risks 'writing off' people with mental health problems due to lack of trained professionals

The government needs to take urgent action to make sure support and training is available to get more people with mental illness into work, say campaigners in a new report today.

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH) and the College of Occupational Therapists have published a joint paper arguing that the government risks "writing off" people with mental health problems during the recession if it doesn't take action on employment support immediately.

The paper, 'Vocational Rehabilitation: what is it, who can deliver it and who pays?' claims there is a serious shortage of professionals "with the skills they need to offer expert help" to people who need it most. It says that without expert advisers trained to assess the employment needs of people with mental illness and to offer necessary support once jobs are found, the government will fail to keep its promise to help millions of people with mental health problems long term employment.


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