Mental Health & Vulnerability Working Party
Mental Health issues experiences by litigants in person was highlighted as one of the key issues facing the sector but following our Mental Health training in April it emerged that supporting staff and volunteers who engage with distressed people in emotive circumstances is just as important.
Rachel Braverman introduces the work of Money and Mental Health, a charity committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.
On 23rd April we arranged a free one day workshop on working with distressed Litigants in Person. Over 90 people registered to attend but unfortunately others were unable to join us as the event was oversubscribed. Given the high level of interest, we have provided an update on the workshop below together with next steps to ensure everyone in the LIP Network is informed about our work.
Nationwide survey of debt advisers looking to inform policy-making and develop new solutions
LiPSS and the Network have recently launched a working party on mental health and vulnerability. After an initial meeting in 2017, it became apparent that there is a desire in the sector for training relating to vulnerable clients and those with mental health issues. In particular, training relating to one-off client meetings (for example, meeting an LiP for the first time on the day of their court hearing).