UK people are being forced into unpaid work and therapy
The Workfare scheme in the UK forces people with mental health issues into unpaid work and motivational therapy in order to make them work, fit or not.
Therapy disguised as confidence or motivation training, personal skills etc tries to force people into being “fixed” in order to work. Failure to cooperate means benefits being cut / sanctioned. Now known as “psycho-compulsion”
Forced unpaid work
Working unpaid is apparently “magic cure” to make people motivated and well! Working without pay, normal work rights etc!
What is mental health
Mental health is a concept and not a fixed biomedical term. It is hard to evaluate and can not be fairly tested in the same way a s a physical injury.
The individual and the society
We live IN society. We are not 100% responsible for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. These are often partly due to environment, experience and society. Yet neo-liberal thinking treats people as responsible entirely for their mental wellbeing.
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