Social and financial problems are pushing vulnerable people with mental health problems to the brink of suicide, a worrying new survey suggests.
A survey for the charity Mind of 1,505 people with mental health problems found that 1,022 had considered or attempted suicide, citing social or financial issues as the primary reasons.
Of the 1,022 who had considered or attempted suicide, 41 percent blamed money and/or housing troubles, while 29 percent cited the fear of losing, or loss of, social security benefits.
29 percent said losing a job or problems at work contributed to their suicidal feelings, while 25 percent blamed relationship problems.
The survey comes as Mind launches its new ‘Life Support’ campaign, drawing attention to how community services provide advice and support to people with mental health problems.
However, the charity warns that these vital services are “under threat” and “getting harder to find”, due to local authority funding cuts.
Sophie Corlett, director of external relations at Mind, said: “People with mental health problems are far more likely than the rest of the population to experience social issues – such as money, housing and benefits issues – and may need more tailored support to help them address these issues, support that often is no longer available.
“This can lead to huge personal and financial costs, as people’s lives spiral out of control, to the point where some people are considering suicide.
“Good community support services can help people with mental health problems stay well, avoid crisis and remain connected to their community.
“But this type of support is under threat and getting harder to find.”
A Government spokesman told the Express and Star: “We welcome this campaign – we want people to get the help they need before they reach a point of mental health crisis, which is why we increased mental health funding to an estimated £11.7 billion last year.
They added: “Staff working in the welfare system are trained to identify and support people who are vulnerable, including those who may be at risk of suicide or self-harm.”
Last month, a report from the Children’s Society suggested that young people from poorer families are at a greater risk of mental health problems than their wealthier classmates.
A survey of 16-19-year-olds found that 29 percent of poorer young people do not feel optimistic about the future, while 20 percent thought of themselves as failures.
Young people are having to wait an average 66 days to access mental health services, with some waiting up to five months.