Mental health pilot scheme launched to help people find work

  • The government has launched four pilot schemes to help people who are unemployed or have mental health problems find work.

    The £2m pilots are all in England and will run for six months. The voluntary scheme will help some people on Employment and Support Allowance be offered employment support psychiatric /images/mentalhealth.jpghelp, reports the BBC.

    The pilots are running in

    •         Durham & Tees Valley

    •         Shropshire/Telford

    •         Sussex

    •         Wolverhampton

    The Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions have put in 1m each into the six month programmes which combine employment support and directing people towards psychological therapies.

    "As soon as the individual is referred from job centre plus, the individual can get help with their employment search straightaway, building their self-confidence," says Care and Support minister Norman Lamb.

    "Then the psychological therapies can come in. It's crazy that someone is languishing on benefit at a cost to the state whilst they could be getting back into work getting their life back together again with appropriate funding."

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