Today marks the 27th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly of the United Nations making 17th October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty . Poverty isn’t solely an economic issue and encompasses both a lack of income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity. It’s also not confined to countries we consider’ third world’. We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet the number of children living in poverty has been steadily increasing in recent years.
As of 17th October 2019 there are around 4 million children in the UK growing up in poverty. As we know all too well in Platform for Life, there’s a very close link between poverty and poor mental health. So on this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let’s not forget the families in the UK struggling with poverty and poor mental health and find ways to help them achieve a better quality of life.