13 Jun

Black mental health matters

Being sectioned under the Mental Health Act is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to someone. In 2018 an independent review of the Mental Health Act made over 150 recommendations for urgent reform to improve people’s choice over their treatment, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. After 18 months,…

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11 Jun

Let’s keep this change to face-to-face benefits assessments

I work as a benefits advisor for a local Mind in London. Each day I personally see the negative impact that face-to-face assessments can have on the people that I support. For some people face-to-face assessments are a huge hurdle, as the thought of going somewhere unfamiliar, going on public transport or having a stranger…

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05 Apr

An Update from Time to Change – 20 March 2020

Time to Change

Checking in with your family, friends and colleagues is always important, but especially now when many of us may be feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). While the focus is on physical health, the current situation may also be challenging when it comes to our mental health. You might not be…

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22 Jun

Universal Credit and beyond – Mind Campaign

In March, Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, gave a speech about changing the way disability benefits work. She said that she didn’t want disabled people to feel ‘put on trial’ when they go for benefits assessments. It’s important to see someone in power recognise that, for too many disabled people, the…

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20 Nov

Mind Campaigns on Welfare and Benefits

You may have heard that last week Amber Rudd was appointed as the new Work and Pensions Secretary. The person in that role has the power to make a huge difference to the lives of people with mental health problems. Whether it’s the roll-out of Universal Credit or problems with PIP, we know that right now…

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