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Mental health workers protest at move to integrate clinic with JobCentre

Posted on: 30th Jun 2015

The article below talks about the Government’s plan to offer mental health services at jobcentres.

Mental health workers protest

We know from our experience that many long term unemployed people do often suffer from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and that they often do need support from specialists to help them deal with this and seek to remove it as a barrier to their progress towards employment and economic independence. So we understand what is trying to be achieved here.

However we understand why people are protesting against it. Unemployment is not a mental health issue in itself or a psychological disorder.  The attempt to co-locate mental health services and the jobcentre while logistically practical is ill-conceived because jobcentres necessarily tend not to be lovely warm, nurturing environments that make people safe, comfortable and able to open up and deal with deeply embedded issues they may have. The services are absolutely needed but should be located somewhere nearby but not in the same place!