When our powerful film ' But I'm here for mental health' was released in 2013 we aimed to highlight some of the key issues faced by people with mental health problems going through the WCA process.
With the support of IPPR North, National Mind, and the fabulous creatives at Helix arts (who managed to capture the real life experiences of our users) we were able to release a fantastic film that has reached over 12,000 people and won the award for best factual non broadcast at the 2013 Royal Television Society North East.
But yet more needs to be done...
This August sees the re-release of this powerful film in line with an evidence paper realeased by IPPR North as part of the end of the DWP consultation process on WCA.
Currently over a third of WCA assessments involve people who have applied primarily due to a mental health problem and many more applicants experience a mental health problem alongside other illnesses or disabilities. Yet, as demonstrated by this film, the assessment is not suitable for people with mental health problems, and often actually pushes many people further away from the workplace by exacerbating their mental health problems and directing them to inappropriate support and expectations.
We wholeheartedly welcome the release of this new evidence paper and hope that the film continues to highlight the issues around the WCA and why it should be reviewed.