Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace CBE, Chief Executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the impact of the recession on mental health:
“At SANE we are already living with the serious consequences that recession can have on people’s mental health and are finding it difficult to meet the need.
“There has been a disturbing increase in the number of people with depression and anxiety due to financial uncertainty contacting our helpline for information and emotional support.
“They report that their fears about losing their jobs and being unable to find work are making them ill. They are finding themselves getting into debt, and because they are depressed, feel increasingly unable to face the future.
“A vicious circle is being created with cuts to mental health services coinciding with increased demand, especially for psychological counselling, leaving people with no-one to turn to at times of crisis.”
For more information, please contact the SANE media department on 020-7422 5556.