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Published Tuesday, 9th September 2014

A call by England’s Chief Medical Officer that people with mental health conditions should be given support to stop them falling out of work has received backing from Remploy.

One in four adults suffers from some form of mental ill-health all of the time and Dame Sally Davies said mental health, which led to the loss of 70 million working days last year, needs to be more of a priority.

Remploy recently secured a two year extension to deliver the Government’s Work Place Mental Health Support Services (WMHSS) in England, Scotland and Wales until December 2016.

WMHSS, which is part of the Government’s Access to Work scheme, provides six months’ work-based support to enable individuals with mental health conditions to retain their employment. The support may involve assistance developing work based coping strategies or identifying reasonable adjustments, education and guidance for managers and signposting to additional mental health support and resources. It is impartial and confidential, comes at no cost to either employer or employee, can be delivered with or without the support of the employer and is delivered by experts who understand mental health and its impact in the workplace.

Beth Carruthers, Remploy's Chief Executive said: "Since we launched WMHSS in December 2011 more than 1,700 people who were at risk of losing their jobs because of their mental health conditions have successfully completed the programme and are still in work - an outstanding 93% success rate.

"I'm hugely encouraged by this achievement and by a significant increase in referrals over recent months. The service is becoming more well-known and its success stories are a big factor in that.

"WMHSS is proving crucial in helping employees manage their condition at work and stay well and productive. It also helps employers create an inclusive and diverse workforce and aids the UK economy by reducing absence and turnover." 

In July the Department for Work and Pensions launched a commercial process under which Remploy Employment Services would leave government ownership by March 2015.

This creates an exciting opportunity for a partner or investor to help develop Remploy to its full potential, enabling it to support many more disabled people into work.

The Government envisages that the commercial process will create a Joint Venture between a partnter or investor and Remploy Employment Services staff operating as a social business in the private sector. 

To view a video about Remploy’s Workplace Mental Health Support Service go to: youtube-WMHSS

Examples of Remploy’s work with employers to support employees with mental ill-health are available on request

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