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Published Monday, 12th October 2015

Local businesses invited into branch to attend special ‘tea and talk’ events to help raise awareness of mental health.

Remploy, the leading UK provider of employment services for people with disabilities, has invited local businesses to attend special ‘tea and talk’ events to help raise awareness of mental health.

Remploy branches held mental health-focused activities in Oldham, Rochdale and Bury between the 9th and 12th October to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

These are in support of the Mental Health Foundation ‘tea and talk’ fundraising campaign.

The events were opened by local MPs, Debbie Abrahams, shadow minister for disabled people (Oldham), Simon Danczuk (Rochdale) and TBC Ivan Lewis (Bury). The attendees took part in a mental health quiz, heard personalised case studies of people with mental health conditions and pledged support for employees living with mental health conditions as well as fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation.

1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues at some time in their life and absence due to workplace stress and anxiety is on the increase. The events explored myths around mental health and examined the support Remploy can offer to support people with Mental Health conditions in work.

Disabled people make up 20% of the working age population in the UK. Many are highly qualified individuals and have become disabled only during their working lives. However, employers can be reluctant to employ or retain disabled workers, and by doing so are missing out on a valuable pool of skills and abilities.

Beth Carruthers, Remploy Chief Executive, said: “Remploy fully embraces World Mental Health Day, which this year has a focus on dignity. We are committed to raising awareness of mental health in a number of ways including promoting the Government’s Disability Confident Campaign and Workplace Mental Health Support Service (WMHSS). Individuals seeking support are now able to contact this service directly.

“We have signed up to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health to evidence our ongoing support for DWP’s Disability Confident campaign and actively do more to be an exemplar employer of disabled people.

“We are determined to change society’s perceptions of employing people with disabilities, as we firmly believe that they have much to offer our local businesses.”

Businesses in the Oldham, Rochdale and Bury area can find out more information about the events by contacting Anna Wharfe at anna.wharfe@remploy.co.uk.

Individuals can apply for support from the Workplace Mental Health Support Service by contacting Remploy on 0300 456 8114 or by contacting Access to Work:

Email: atwosu.london@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 0345 2688 489 or 0845 2688 489

Textphone: 0845 608 8753

For further information please contact:

David Felton: 07803 214682

pressoffice@remploy.co.uk

www.remploy.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

  • Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
  • Since 2010, Remploy has found almost 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
  • In April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in a joint venture partnership between MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia, and Remploy employees who have a 30% stake in the company