VOX Launch “Real People Deeper Cuts Report” Real People deeper cuts

The report highlights the experiences of people with lived experience of mental health issues and the affects of spending cuts on their lives.

This report would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of the people who took time to complete questionnaires and attend focus groups, sharing their experiences and concerns regarding changes to the services they access. Also thanks to the people and VOX Collective organisations that provided guidance, help and assistance with this support.

(For full list of VOX Collective Organisations see appendix 1 in the report.)

Background This report is the 3rd of its kind following the experience that people with mental health issues have had in Scotland over the last 6 years if budget cuts and welfare reform. The 1st two reports were entitled Real People Real Cuts and this 3rd report Real People Deeper Cuts, reflects the increasing negative trend that people have experienced over the years.

110 people helped inform this report through an online survey, focus groups meetings and one to one contact. 93 of those contributors identified as having a mental health illness or condition and 17 identified as being a carer for someone with a long term mental health condition.

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