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The darker, hidden side of unemployment statistics

The government’s claim to have the lowest unemployment figures for years hides a dirty little secret; and actually it’s not at all little. Festering underclass – ignored by society There is a festering underclass of people being ignored and left behind by our society. When they talk about lowest unemployment figures for 7 years at […]

DWP, ESA, funding, government, IS,
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CBT Is Now Less Effective In Treating Depression

Oliver Burkeman wrote in the Guardian this weekend about the findings of a study by Tom Johnsen and Oddgeir Friborg that was published in the Journal ‘Psychological Bulletin’ which concludes that CBT is roughly half as effective in treating depression as it used to be. Both the research and Burkeman raise some interesting questions relating […]

benefit cuts, cbt for depression, therapy for the unemployed,
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Why cutting ESA benefits won’t work.

In the news today we hear about a leaked Government paper considering cuts to ESA benefits. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33347511 The point it makes about ESA being a “passive benefit” is true, it is structured in a way that does not incentivise, encourage or help people to move forward in their lives. Claimants are not required to have […]

benefit cuts, ESA, Eureka, JCP, JobCentre,
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Mental health workers protest at move to integrate clinic with JobCentre

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 […]

JobCentre, mental health, unemployment,
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What’s so funny about mental illness?

We think this is a great explanation of the effects of mental illness by Ruby Wax What’s so funny about mental illness? Please share with as many people as you can!

brain, mental health, mental illness, MIND,
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Mental health and young people

If you’re in a room of 10 young people aged 16-24, probably 2 of them are likely to have mental health issues. This was one of the shocking statistic that came out of a mental health awareness event run this week. More shocking still the statistic that 50% of all people with mental health issues report […]

attachment theory, CBT, Eureka, Young people,
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Tackling unemployment and mental health.

In the run-up to the General Election this May, the charity Mind has highlighted the need for better back-to-work support for people with mental health problems.  Politicians are being urged to take action early in the new parliament to bring in programmes which are genuinely supportive rather than leaving vulnerable people feeling let down and […]

back to work, JobCentre, mental health, MIND, Unemployed,
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Should young people have to do community service?

The government’s announced this week that its policy is to have young people (18-21) not in employment, education or training (NEET) do community service for 30 hours a week. This would affect the approximately 50,000 young people who are currently “NEET” Voltaire said “work saves us from 3 great evils; Boredom, Vice and Need” and he […]

government, NEET, Young people,
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