In Depression Awareness Week, Depression Alliance has launched
‘Work in Progress’ - a UK-wide campaign aimed at improving the
employment rates of people with depression. This will
involve working with incoming MPs from all parties to
implement policies that will help millions of people with
depression improve their employment prospects.
Prioritising support for people with depression to get back
A UK-wide survey commissioned by Depression Allowance and
European Depression Association shows that nearly three quarters of
MPs believe the next Government (2015-20) should prioritise
supporting people with depression to get back into employment
(72%). MPs also agree that the Government should provide support to
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to promote prevention and
early intervention in depression in the workplace (72%).
50 MPs participated in the cross-party survey. Other findings
from the survey show that 60% of MPs agree that mental health
problems such as depression are an important national policy issue
in the UK (second only to cancer) and that cost-effective mental
health services should have the same mandatory funding as physical
health services (76%), with only 8% agreeing that the NHS is
sufficiently prepared to manage depression efficiently.
Comment from the Chief Executive of Depression Alliance
Emer O’Neill, Chief Executive of Depression Alliance says, “With
one in every six working-age people living with depression at any
one time, improving awareness and support for individuals and
businesses is critical. People with depression can work, yet it is
still a taboo, with too many people – individuals and employers -
afraid to discuss the issue and find meaningful and appropriate
“Beyond providing income, work provides structure and focus, it
creates social opportunities and give us a sense of achievement and
it’s a very important part of maintaining recovery from
She added: “The majority of MPs agree that this should be a
priority of the next government, so we call on the incoming class
of 2015 MPs to work with us to improve employment rates for people
with depression in order to boost businesses and strengthen the UK
Depression Alliance news item: Depression Alliance launch ‘Work in
Progress’ (link opens in a new window)
Turn2us One Change campaign
Having depression is an example of 'one change' in a person's
life that can cause financial difficulties - the theme of Turn2us'
Benefits Awareness Month campaign this year.
Our recent research showed us that experiencing just one change
in circumstances – such as job loss, family breakdown or the onset
of an illness - is enough to double a household’s financial
struggles, even to push them to the breadline.
The campaign features a blog with information, stories and
guest posts from other charities to keep you informed about the
help that’s available through benefits and about what to do if you
experience a change in your circumstances.
Remember, it is important to do a benefits check any time your
circumstances change – or even if it has just been a while since
you last checked. Our free Turn2us Benefits
Calculator will help you make sure you’re claiming all the help
that you’re entitled to.
Find out more about the Turn2us One Change
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Date of publication: 21 April 2015