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10,000 people supported by mental health support service

08 Feb 2018

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A mental health support service, which seeks to take the stigma of mental health out of the workplace, is celebrating having helped 10,000 employees remain in work.

The free support service has a remarkable success rate with 93% of people who have used the service still in their jobs after six months Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment and skills support for people with disabilities or health conditions, operates the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Sarah Newton, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, said: 

I’m delighted that the mental health support service has given 10,000 people with mental health conditions the support they need to thrive in the workplace. This is fantastic news not only for those individuals but for their employers too.  

Creating an environment where employees can get the right support at the right time will help people with mental health conditions to reach their full potential.

Gareth Parry, Remploy Chief Executive, said:

I am immensely proud that our mental health support service has reached this important milestone - mental Ill health is the scourge of our modern day society. One in six adults of working age will be affected by mental health in any one year and it is the single largest reason for absenteeism from the workplace.

We need to increasingly shine a light on mental ill health as a priority because of the damage it can do to individuals but also because of the impact on our productivity. It is estimated that mental health is now responsible for 91 million lost working days each year, costing UK businesses a massive £32 to £42 billion.

The service, which is available across England, Scotland and Wales, offers free individual workplace support from an experienced mental health practitioner for a period of six months.

The support for people in work who are experiencing poor mental health or issues around psychological well-being includes introducing coping strategies; a tailored plan to keep them in, or return to work; ideas for workplace adjustments to help them fulfil their role; and practical advice and support.

For more information about the service, please visit the Mental Health section of our website

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