Minister warned about mental pressure of benefits system after applicant kills himself

Coroner issues report to work and pensions chief, Mel Stride, following inquest into death of man with severe depression

A coroner has written to work and pensions secretary Mel Stride warning that processes in the benefit system can worsen symptoms of mental illness after a man killed himself amid fears over his application for universal credit.

Kirsty Gomersal, the area coroner for Cumbria, issued a prevention of future deaths (PFD) report to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following an inquest into the death of man diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety who took his own life in March.

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Category: Mental Health