Employment and Mental Health

Royal College of Psychiatrists, April 2017

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has for many years highlighted the importance of mental health and employment.

UK national policy is paying increasing attention to health, mental health and employment. Responding to a growing number of national policies and initiatives, the College has enhanced its coverage of relevant concerns of social psychiatry, mental health and employment.

This report outlines the main priorities and activities of the College in the area of mental health and employment.

Click here to view the report.

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Consultation: Work, health and disability: improving lives

Department for Work and Pensions, November 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions are seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

The consultation closes on 17th February 2017.

Click here for further information.

Click here to respond to the Consultation.

In the red: student nurse debt

Unison, October 2016

This report finds that two thirds of NHS students have had to take on work on top of their studies in order to supplement their income. The proportion of medical and health students taking on extra jobs has risen from 61 per cent to 68 per cent in the last decade and 64 per cent of those surveyed say that working these extra hours is affecting their ability to study.

Click here to view the report.

Mental health at work report 2016

Business in the Community, October 2016

This new report from Business in the Community (BITC) urges employers to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor.  Employers have a duty of care to their employees to respond to mental ill health just as they would to a physical illness.

Click here to view the full report.

Mental health for employers toolkit

Business in the Community, October 2016

Business in the Community  (BITC) has partnered with Public Health England to produce a free, online toolkit to help every organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees. It will help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and provides a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support.

Click here to view the toolkit.