Financial Difficulties and Secondary Mental Health Care Research Report

From Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

This report entitled “Not a Secondary Issue:  Preventing and Resolving financial difficulties for people in Secondary Mental Health Care”

examines the extent to which people in secondary mental health care – such as Community Mental Health Teams and psychiatric hospitals – face financial difficulty and how far these services sufficiently meet the financial needs of people in their care.

The research indicated that:

  • More than eight in ten (86%) of respondents experienced financial harm while under secondary mental health care – with seven in ten (72%) reporting that they struggled to pay for essentials, such as food and heating
  • Eight in ten (81%) respondents found that their crisis or relapse prevention plan did not mention personal finance – with four in five (79%) feeling that help in managing their finances would have led to a better outcome
  • Only half (53%) of respondents who had received treatment from Community Mental Health Teams had disclosed how their financial circumstances were impacting their mental health

Click on the link above to find out the Key Recommendations

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