Unmanageable debt has an impact on beyond financial strain. It is closely related to poor mental health and can affect people’s attitudes, outlook, and behaviour.
Chief Executive of Woman’s Trust Heidi Riedel writes about how important mental health support can be for victims of domestic abuse.
Our research and other available evidence demonstrate there are clear and strong links between health and other types of problems people face. The good news is, advice makes a difference. The solutions we offer our clients can have wider positive outcomes for people’s health.
Our own research shows that more than four out of every five (81 per cent) of our clients felt less stressed, depressed or anxious after receiving advice from us, whilst just short of half (45 per cent) felt their physical health had improved, following advice.
On Tuesday many of the MPs from the Work and Pensions Select Committee escaped the Westminster bubble to go along to the slightly strange venue of Newcastle Football Club to hear first-hand about people’s experiences of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
Here in Sheffield, we have an excellent partnership with the mental health trust and work alongside them to help reduce the stress and anxiety that social and economic problems cause which can contribute to poor mental health.
- Author: Hugh Stickland, Chief Economist
Earlier this week I joined Lesley Faithful (Manager of Sheffield Mental Health CAB Unit – formerly Sheffield Mental Health CAB) and Mark Gamsu (Trustee) at the parliamentary launch of a new Centre for Mental Health (CfMH) report entitled ‘Welfare advice for people who use Mental Health services – Developing the Business Case’. The CfMH based…