Being able to pay rent and bills and having a good support network are much more important for people with mental health challenges at Christmas than being given presents and cards, according to new research for employment charity The Poppy Factory…

Yet more than 4 in 5 of the 2,098 UK adults surveyed by YouGov believe it would be difficult for someone living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to stay in paid work for 12 months or longer, potentially making it difficult to stay on top of their finances.

The poll was carried out for The Poppy Factory, which helps wounded, injured and sick veterans back into sustained and meaningful work in their communities. It sought to gauge public understanding of the challenges faced by those who have PTSD and who may struggle to find a new role in the civilian world.

Of those surveyed, 83 per cent felt that having supportive family, friends or co-workers are important for those with mental health conditions at Christmas. Being able to pay rent and water, rent, electricity and gas bills was next on the list of priorities during the festive season, according to 3 in 5 of those polled.

The research was commissioned as part of The Poppy Factory’s Working With PTSD campaign, which shows that with the right support, someone living with PTSD can go on to enjoy meaningful and sustainable employment.

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