Speak Out’s Christmas Appeal – 17th Day of Christmas

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Many people with learning disabilities fear financial hardship in 2020

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“Going to the drop in helps take away my anxieties”

Changes to benefits are big news as we approach the end of another year – with many claimants facing cuts. For people with learning disabilities, who are 8.4 times more likely to suffer severe mental illness than those without (NHS Digital 2018), these stories can be a source of anxiety, fear and panic.

Brighton and Hove Speak Out continues to support people with learning disabilities facing potential benefits cuts by keeping them informed and helping them overcome their fears. People just like Alex: -

Alex has a mild learning disability, suffers from high levels of anxiety and attends Speak Out’s regular drop in. For Alex, newspapers are an important way to keep abreast of changes to the benefits system, but they can also make him extremely anxious about managing his future on benefits. The drop in provides a space to share these anxieties, talk to friends, relax and understand the facts of the situation. He says that the drop in helps him let go of his anxieties.

Without services like our drop in, people with learning disabilities in Brighton and Hove are at risk from their anxieties becoming depression, and other mental health issues. Help us continue to give them the true facts of the situations they face, and a place to get the reassurance they need.

Donate just £17 today or £1 (or more if you’d like to) for every day of Advent to help us support people with learning disabilities to have their voice heard.

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