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Don’t mind me

Adults with mental health problems, a guide for donors

NPC’s report, Don’t mind me, highlights that people’s social circumstances – such as difficulty finding work or feeling socially cut off – can significantly affect how they cope with mental health problems and their chances of recovery.

Did you know?

  • There are nearly one million people out of work because of mental health problems.
  • Over the past 12 years, the number of prescriptions for antidepressant drugs in England has almost tripled

The report highlights the following priorities for donors:

  • preventing mental ill health
  • tackling stigma and discrimination
  • helping with employment and work-related activity, and
  • improving health services for people with mental health problems.

What really struck we was the number of people I met who were on cracking form, leading busy, constructive lives, who, if you’d met them a few years earlier were probably being written off by mental health services.

Iona Joy, report author