DEBT AND MENTAL HEALTH
– SOME HARSH REALITIES
Like so many innovative and worthy enterprises with real lifesaving potential, CAMIAD was born out of need and necessity.
- One in four people in the UK with mental health problems are in debt.
- More than a third of people assessed after self harming are found to be in debt.
- People with mental health problems are three times more likely to have a domestic utility disconnected.
- Suicidal thoughts are three times higher among people in debt.
- There are some 5,000 deaths from suicide in England per year – a quarter of them individuals known to the mental health services.
These are just some of the facts – the harsh realities
Would you know if a client were suffering from some degree of mental illness because of debt?
Could you detect the tell-tale signs if they were suicidal?
Would you know how to react and how to access the right resources to help them?
CAMIAD, the Campaign for Awareness of Mental Illness Among Debtors, is hosted by the Ki Group CiC, a social enterprise company established by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Ultrasis UK. The training programme was designed within the NHS.
The Campaign aims are supported by the principal mental health organisations – including the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Europe, Mind, Depression Alliance and Samaritans – as well as all the major professional bodies.
It is now available nationwide, fulfilling its original, fundamental objective – to reduce debt-related stress, mental breakdown and suicide.