Mental Health & Employment
Unionlearn have produced three toolkits to help people with mental health issues to remain in employment.
After speaking to individuals with mental health conditions, health professionals and employers from across Europe, the toolkit aims to reflect the best ways of support.
Toolkit for Individuals
'If you have a mental health condition managing your condition and your job can sometimes be difficult. This toolkit provides you with ways to help you manage the two, and utilise the support available from a variety of sources'
Toolkit for Employers
'Mental ill health can impose significant costs on an employer. Around 1 in 4 people are likely to experience mental ill health at some point in their lives and the Centre for Mental Health estimates that the cost to UK employers of mental ill health is around £15.1 billion a year - over £1,000 per employee. However, with early intervention and using best practice, employers can reduce this cost by as much as 30%. It therefore makes sense for you to be prepared and to understand what you can do as an employer to help reduce the costs to your organisation.'
Toolkit for Health Professionals
'Mental ill health is a significant issue for health services across Europe. Around 1 in 4 people are likely to experience mental ill health at some point in their lives and this can have a serious impact on their ability to remain in employment. Being in work - particularly in good work - can help an individual during recovery and individuals do not need to be fully recovered to return to work. Good work can also provide a support mechanism for individuals during periods of mental health and mental ill health.'