Fewer than 20% of mental health patients in the East Riding are employed

Fewer than 20% of adults in contact with mental health services in the East Riding in March were known to be in work, figures reveal.

Saturday, 15th August 2020, 10:15 am
The latest NHS figures show just 330 (17%) of the 1,990 adults in contact with mental health services in the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group area at the end of March were known to be in paid employment. Posed model photo: PA Images

The Mental Health Foundation charity says it fears the effect rising unemployment could have on the nation’s mental health – particularly the impact of the end of the furlough scheme in October .

Lucy Thorpe, head of policy at the Mental Health Foundation, said she was very concerned about the growing number of people losing their jobs in the pandemic.

The latest NHS figures show just 330 (17%) of the 1,990 adults in contact with mental health services in the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group area at the end of March were known to be in paid employment.

Employment details for 610 patients were unknown, while the remainder were either unemployed or were economically inactive, a category which includes students, retirees and the long-term sick or disabled.

The DWP said it had provided £5 million of additional funding for mental health charities and was doubling the number of work coaches in its jobcentres from 13,500 to 27,000.