Fuel poverty and mental health

Fuel Poverty affects over 4 million households in Britain today, and it is estimated that 3000 deaths per year can be linked to it. Projections like this are very likely to increase in the near future with estimations of 8m people affected by 2016. It is a particular issue affecting mental health service users and carers and MHNE members need to further develop our knowledge and understanding to enable us to identify people who may experience fuel poverty and able to find ways of supporting them.

Fuel poverty and mental health survey 2014 - please help

Members may recall our recent fuel poverty advice training project “Warm Minds” in partnership with National Energy Action (NEA) - see below.

Mental Health North East are now working together with Groundwork North East to find out why some people find themselves in this situation and what can be done to help.

It may still be summer, but we urgently need the results to our survey before the winter chill is back with us.

The survey results will be used to as evidence of need – this will help secure public funding to provide fuel poverty support for those in need.

We are circulating the survey as widely as possible and would be grateful if you can encourage as many people as possible to complete it.

Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8B55XNT

 

Warm Minds Project

NEAThe Warm Minds project came about as a result of MHNE’s members having expressed concern about fuel poverty issues affecting their vulnerable clients and service users. There was concern that they did not know how to best advise their clients and signpost them to the assistance available.

MHNE recruited National Energy Action (NEA) to work in partnership to help our members by developing and delivering a project which would enable MHNE members, via their staff and volunteers, to give up to date advice and support on fuel poverty issues to their staff and service users.  

Project documents:

Take Control booklet that was produced as part of this project

A summary of the outcomes of the project