Improving access to mental health services for people facing addiction

Imagine you need to stop using substances to access mental health support but you’re using substances to cope with your mental ill health.

The Fulfilling Lives programme supports people who are experiencing multiple and complex needs. The programme funds local partnerships in 12 areas across England to test new ways of ensuring individuals receive joined up and person centred services which work for them.

#seethefullpicture campaign aims to raise awareness of the challenges people experiencing homelessness, addiction, poor mental health and other complex needs face in their lives. 

Fulfilling Lives partnerships report that the vast majority of clinical responses require an individual to address their substance misuse, before mental health treatment can be provided or even a needs assessment carried out. This leaves many beneficiaries in a ‘catch 22’ situation where they are unable to get support for their mental health needs, because they are using substances to self-medicate symptoms of poor mental health. 

A petition has been launched asking for measures to be introduced to make sure that anyone who faces addiction, can access mental health support when they need it. For many, this is not the case. Read more on this campaign and petition at;