After experiencing mental health issues what can be more depressing than being left on the scrap heap living on benefits? There are mundane tasks to be done in charity shops which can sometimes be embarrassing depending on where you have worked before.
What would have worked is short-term work placement in companies with an understanding. This offering of meaningful labour would have given me my confidence back, and staved off further depression. Without access to services that can get you back into ‘meaningful’ employment you are left trying to apply for low-cost counselling and then stuck on a list for three months waiting for that to occur.
Of course I am talking from a poorer persons perspective. If you had reasonable savings or richer family member’s then you can pay to heal yourself quicker. But the burden on the NHS grows bigger, as not just poor people, but those with reasonable incomes are thrown onto the medical benefits playground, and are unable to get back into work.
With the government interested in saving costs just how much does it cost for all those pharmaceutical drugs? How much do all the benefits cost over the years?
Of course we have seen the response from the Conservatives, which is what happens when well-meaning people from richer backgrounds, with no understanding of poverty, attempt to help the poorest.
The problem is compounded further when the people at the front-line of the benefit system are offered rewards or bonuses for getting ‘them’ off their benefits.
The result is an uncaring individual makes no attempt to connect with the human being they are dealing with, and just gives them a list, and tells them to start calling anyone, and forces them into some low-pay, can’t afford the rent, heartless, meaningless job, just so they can claim their bonus.
Again, what would it cost to have the right people with the right intentions in the right places?
Unemployed people would be employed in good jobs and stay in them longer putting more money back into the economy.
Counselling services should be made available immediately creating less time off work, spending less money on expensive drugs, and less on benefits. It sounds like the intention is there. It’s just that the wrong people are in the wrong places. And people are dying needlessly.