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Call to create jobs for mentally ill

8th February 2011

The charity Action Mental Health has said that the public sector should offer jobs to people getting over mental illness.


The charity said the government should make jobs and training programmes available to mentally ill patients.

AMH's Chief Executive David Babington stated that the charity was linked with organisations in the private sector.

However, Mr Babington was critical of the way the public sector had failed to "open up" in a similar fashion.

"We deliver training programmes and support work based training and employment placements with a view to helping our clients re-enter the workforce," he said.

"But the largest employer in Northern Ireland, the public sector, needs to engage further than it has to date. These schemes could be extended at little cost, with huge benefit both to the people involved and to the wider economy."

AMH said mental illness diagnoses were 25% higher in Northern Ireland than in other areas of the UK.

The charity launched its manifesto at Stormont on 7 February 2011.

Mr Babington stated that he was hopeful the government would "lead by example" and provide work for more people who were getting better after suffering from mental illness.


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