From November last year until February the Basic Income Conversation worked with Basic Income Network Scotland to run the project Peace of Mind. This project looked at the links between money and mental health.
We spoke to people with personal and professional experience of mental health and the social security system to understand these links and how a basic income could support people to look after their mental health.
For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, 10 - 16 May 2021, we've teamed up with some of the project participants to write this open video letter. Asking ministers and mental health charities to start seriously considering the role of basic income.
Over the next few weeks the open letter gathered over 2,500 thousand signatures from people who want to see basic income explored as a preventative mental health measure.
At the start of July we handed the letter in to ministers, asking them to meet with us to discuss how we could work together on this. We will let you know how that goes!
The project had four components: