The benefits shake-up is leaving people so stressed and unable to cope that mental health care providers cannot keep up with demand.
Cuts to local services and a lack of housing were also making life more difficult for people, whose wellbeing would suffer as a result, causing soaring cases of poor mental health.
The research showed that demand for services is outstripping supply, and concluded that planned funding increases “fall far short” of what is needed to bring mental health services up to the same quality as physical health care.
In the report, researchers described “deep disquiet” among NHS mental health trust leaders about a concerning care deficit – agreeing that growing poverty in communities across the country was to blame.
Experts added that loneliness and homelessness are also contributing to a rise in the number of people suffering from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.