Mental Health Directory
Information on mental health services in Croydon
Research jointly undertaken by Mind in Croydon and the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London has now been published. The study, entitled “Only Making Things Worse, A Qualitative Study of Wrongly Removing Disability Benefits from People with Mental Illness” highlights how going through the Work Capability Assessment process has a negative effect on peoples’ mental health. In depth interviews showed the negative impacts of the processes included:
a) the practical implications of the reduction of income (debt, poverty, hunger etc)
b) the stress involved in coping with the “never-ending” bureaucracy around benefits assessment, appeals and the interrogating and intimidating nature of the medical assessment or appeals process,
c) a sense of anger, frustration and demoralisation and the implication that people are dishonest and claim benefits which they are not entitled to.
Further research still to be published, shows that Work Capability Assessments, (WCA) have a negative effect on the mental health of people with mental health problems as measured by scales for well-being, anxiety and depressive symptoms. Although these processes make peoples’ mental health worse, people do not access more mental health services so long as they have access to a specialist mental health welfare benefits advice team. This is further evidence that funding specialist welfare benefits services, such as the one run by Mind in Croydon, can reduce peoples’ use of statutory mental health services, including in-patient services.
You can read the full research here
03 November 2017
We are currently recruiting for volunteer counsellors in the second year of Diploma or equivalent, qualified and looking for hours towards accreditation or simply wanting to volunteer with us.
19 October 2017
From 25th October the Minding Money Project will be run via The Hub in East Croydon.
13 October 2017
Last chance to have your say on the council’s five year plan for carers