GPs ‘missing critical opportunity’ to help people with mental illness avoid financial problems
What does the report say?
MMHPI, which was founded by Martin Lewis to research and develop solutions to the link between financial problems and mental health, surveyed 473 people with lived experience of mental health conditions for the report.
Just 5% of people surveyed who had seen a GP for mental health problems said they were offered support in managing their finances.
Yet around two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed said they would have recovered more quickly from their mental health problems if they had been helped to manage their money, while the same proportion said they would have liked to receive this support when they first received a diagnosis or treatment.
And in a separate survey of GPs and healthcare professionals, most said their job would be easier if people with mental health problems were supported in dealing with money.