Money and Mental Health is an independent charity, founded by money expert Martin Lewis OBE, committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.
People with mental health problems are three times as likely to be in problem debt: and its the mission of Money and Mental Health here to change that. They conduct research, develop practical policy solutions and work in partnership with both those providing services and those using them to find what really works.
Having worked successfully with the Communications Team at Money and Mental Health throughout 2017 on a number of policy reports, I was further commissioned to work with them in early 2018 to produce their “Recovery Space” briefing.
The 44 page report, spearheaded a national campaign and focused on the ways in which healthcare services, the benefits system and essential services firms respond to people in a mental health crisis, and highlighted the opportunities for improvement.
The report was designed in keeping with the Money and Mental Health house style – delivering the information in a clean and clear layout with bright illustrations to add pace and contrast, and to break up complex themes and add visual interest. A supporting graphic was created to summarise the key message of the report and used on social media during the launch of the campaign.
Within two months of the campaign launch the charity secured the backing of 23 organisations, 81 MPs and 10,000 members of the public. The Bill, that included the debt respite scheme, was then debated in Parliament in April 2018, and the Minister John Glen (Economic Secretary to the Treasury) stood up and committed to make the campaign happen!
You can read the report in full and find out more about the Recovery Space campaign here.