Mental Health UK responds to the Autumn Statement

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, set out the Government’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday 22 November, outlining changes to the support people receive through the benefits system and their plans to get more people into employment.


Brian Dow, Chief Executive of Mental Health UK, said:

“Anyone who has enjoyed secure employment which adds meaning to their lives will know the profound benefit that work can bring to our mental health. Chronic stress, anxiety and depression can have a debilitating impact on our ability to work, but people can return to employment once they are ready, with the right support. It is vital support is founded on people’s lived experience, avoids stigmatising those who are too unwell to work, and provides appropriate investment to ensure everyone who needs it can access support.

“There are examples of specialist employment schemes which are effectively helping people into employment by addressing their individual needs. Our Into Work programme helps individuals identify their specific barriers to employment, produces tailored support plans around issues such as finances, housing, confidence and motivation, and takes into account their skills and interests so they can achieve their goals and aspirations.”

Our Into Work programme

We know how vital employment can be for people, both mentally and practically in terms of providing purpose and financial stability. Into Work is a new holistic employment service providing wraparound support to help people living with mental health conditions back into employment.

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