In a letter to the government, 17 leading charities warned that they were already seeing the impact of the cost of living on people’s mental health.
Samaritans said it received 12,000 calls from people citing funding or unemployment concerns in July alone.
intervention comes independent On Wednesday it reported a warning from NHS leaders that higher bills could lead to A “huge” mental health crisis.
Mental health charity Mind, said it has seen a 30 per cent increase in calls related to the cost of living compared to last year.
Young Minds, a charity for children and their parents, stated for the first time that “concerns about money” existed to be people’s primary concern.
The letter reads: “The country’s mental health services have already been exhausted, and the pandemic has pushed them to breaking point. With more than 1.5 million people currently on the waiting list, the cost of living crisis could put the entire mental health system on the brink of collapse, leaving people who are already suffering without the support they need.”
He calls for the invention to be put in place immediately and for the government to commit once again to preparing a mental health plan and a national suicide prevention strategy.
“It is currently essential to provide adequate support to people with lower incomes, who are at higher risk of developing mental health problems and at higher risk of suicide,” she added.
“In the past few months, we have become increasingly concerned about the absence of mental health in discussions and plans around the cost of living crisis,” said Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind and a member of the Mental Health Leaders Group.
Our mental health system has already been pushed to its absolute limits by the coronavirus pandemic and years of chronic underfunding. But this cost-of-living crisis, which we know has a tremendous impact on people’s mental health, has the potential to push services to the brink of collapse.”
“People with mental health issues would be grateful if Boris Johnson and the next prime minister would listen when we tell you we need to see action, and we need it now.”