Mental health and employment: a mind to work: a good practice guide

Author:
CUMING Heidi
Publisher:
City and Hackney Mind
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
21p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

There is growing support for the idea that work can play an important part in the recovery process for people with mental health problems.  Work has a number of positive benefits including financial independence, a sense of purpose and belonging, increased self-esteem, social identity and status, and opportunities for growth and development.  This booklet is aimed at Employment Advisors, and aims to stimulate thinking around the issues involved in supporting someone with a mental health problem to secure and retain employment.  The focus of this booklet is paid employment, although some sections will also be of relevance to voluntary work, education and training.  It covers barriers to employment for adults with mental health problems, models of employment support such as sheltered work and User Employment Programmes, and how to make an assessment and develop an Action Plan for the client.  The booklet then looks at the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), reasonable adjustments employers are obliged to make for disabled persons, disclosure of mental health status to employers, and Disability Equality Duty (2006).  Finally, it looks at presenting employers with a business case to encourage them to employ someone with mental health problems, and how to support a client once they are in work.

Subject terms:
mental health problems, supported employment, employment, employment law;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
England

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