At Rethink Mental Illness, we know that mental illness doesn’t stop for Christmas. In fact, this time of year can be difficult for those of us who are living with mental illness or caring for a loved one.
That’s why we’re running a fundraising campaign highlighting the support we provide over the festive period and throughout the year. It launched with a video of Laura Peters, from our Advice and Information Service, talking about the types of concerns people have in the run up to Christmas and sharing her top tips for coping.
Look out for more videos and blogs on Facebook and Twitter sharing details of our services and groups, including Rethink’s Accommodation and Housing services which are open on Christmas Day. Please share the posts to help us spread the word. And if you can, please give generously to support our vital work at rethink.org/HereAllYear.
Read on to find out how you can help us make sure the government implement changes to the Mental Health Act; and find out how our mental health and money advice service has made a real difference in its first year. If you’re a carer, please take five minutes to share your experiences in our survey about financial pressure.
Finally, there is still time to buy your Rethink Christmas cards – just follow the link at the end of this email.
Holding the government to account
Last week, the independent review of the Mental Health Act was published, with around 150 recommendations for change. This is great news, as the current Act is badly out of date. It fails to respect the rights and autonomy of people treated under it, or how they want their loved ones involved in their care.
That’s why we have launched a petition calling on the government to accept the recommendations for change in full.
“I have been awarded PIP. I would never have applied – so a big thank you for the advice.”
The Mental Health & Money Advice was launched a year ago and is the first UK-wide service to combine support for both mental health and financial problems.
The service is available for anyone with a mental illness who is struggling with their money, as well as anyone whose financial problems are affecting their mental health. It offers a website open to everyone and a referral-only advice line for our service users. Callers to our advice line are on average £1,000 better off as a result of calling.
Over the past year we’ve seen 180,000 visitors to the site with eight out of ten people saying they found the information helpful.
Are you a carer? Fill in our survey
Do you care for someone with a mental illness? Do you know someone who does?
We want to learn more about the financial pressures faced by those who support others. The results will be used to help us shape a media story in the new year.
If you have five minutes, we’d really appreciate hearing about your experiences. Take the survey now.
Order your Christmas cards now
There’s still time to get your Christmas cards from the Rethink online shop.
There are three new packs to choose from, including a special edition multipack made by our support group in Braintree. All money raised from the sale of the cards will help us to run groups in 2019, so place your order now.