Hafal (meaning equal) is the leading charity for people with
serious mental illness and their carers in Wales. It is a
membership led organisation which provides services via 22 local
networks covering each local authority in the country. Hafal’s
recovery programme underpins its
services and ‘Work and occupation’ is a key part of the ‘whole
person’ approach of the programme.
Mental Health Wales: promoting choice
in mental health is a website which is managed by Hafal. The
website includes a section on Employment. This has links to information on
finance and benefits, a factsheet on volunteering and also
government employment programmes such as Jobcentre Plus.
Equality Commission for Northern
Ireland provides information, support and training on
all aspects of equality and discrimination. Mental health is
included in their work on disability.
Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
(HSENI) is the lead body responsible for the promotion
and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern
Ireland. Information and guidance on mental wellbeing in the
workplace setting is included in the HSENI work on stress.
The Work Positive Project is a joint cross border
initiative to reduce work related stress. The project resource pack
includes an audit tool designed to help organisations in meeting
the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE UK)
Mental Wellbeing is a guide
for employers on creating a working environment that encourages
mental wellbeing. There are sections specifically for line managers
as well as Board members and senior managers. The guide was
developed in partnership with mental health voluntary
organisations, Chartered Institute for Personnel Development,
Labour Relations Agency and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Labour Relations Agency
The Agency provides an impartial and confidential employment
relations service to those engaged in industry, commerce and the
public services. Its services include the provision of advice on
good employment practices and assistance with the development and
implementation of employment policies and procedures. The Agency is
also active in resolving disputes through its conciliation,
mediation and arbitration services.
Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health
(NIAMH) Niamh was established in 1959 and comprises
Beacon provides a range of person-centred
social care services including day support, home support and
supported housing schemes throughout Northern Ireland.
Carecall mental wellbeing at work
offers services for employees and employers.
Services for employees include one to one
confidential support and counselling, training courses and coaching
programmes designed to help individuals within an organisation
either maintain their own or promote others’ positive mental
wellbeing in the workplace and workplace conflict resolution.
Services for employers include different options to
help promote positive wellbeing at work while addressing legal
obligations in the context of mental health at work. The Carecall
Employee Assistance Programme
counselling support to employees facing difficult work or diverse
Compass is the Niamh centre for mental health
research and policy. Research is focused on health promotion,
epidemiology, evaluation of service delivery and the development of
health and social care interventions.
MindWise is an independent charity formed
from the Northern Ireland branch of Rethink (National Schizophrenia
Fellowship). It works to support those at risk of, and affected by,
severe mental illness and mental health difficulties. Services are
wide ranging including MindWise Employment and Training Services
which aims to help individuals access employment, retain their jobs
and regain their self-confidence and independence by offering and
supporting training in; personal management, communicating, job
seeking and specific work skills. It also provides carer support
services which include: home visits, assistance in accessing Carer
Assessments, a carer support network, local carer support groups,
advice and information for carers and education and training
Disability Action is a campaigning body
representing the views of 180 member groups, working to bring about
positive change to the social, economic and cultural life of people
with disabilities in Northern Ireland. The services offered
include: information and advice (including benefits and financial
help), Employment and Training Support, and Training on Disability
& Diversity Issues.
Workable (NI) is a Department for Employment
and Learning programme operated by Disability Action providing
flexible and individual support to meet the needs of disabled
employees and their employers in a wide variety of jobs. The
programme can help employers recruit or retain disabled staff and
can support disabled jobseekers to be successful in employment
through providing practical support in the workplace.
Aware Defeat Depression provides support for all those in
Northern Ireland affected by depression or bipolar disorder (manic
depression). They also welcome and support carers. Aware has
established a network of over twenty support groups in rural and
urban areas across the country, which are run by trained
volunteers. In addition Aware offers training courses in Mental
Health First Aid and Overcoming Depression Workshops.
Mental Health works with people with mental health
needs or a learning disability. A keyworker provides support for
each client to develop a personal action plan including accredited
vocational training and preparation for employment. AMH also works
with employers as part of the Work Preparation Programme, New Deal
for Disabled People and Workable (NI).
Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
is Scotland’s leading mental health charity which works to raise
awareness of positive mental health through its policy and campaign
programmes. It offers support, training and recovery for people
experiencing mental health problems, addictions, homelessness and
other forms of social exclusion across Scotland.
information services provide resources (e.g.
factsheets and sources of further information) on a range of topics
including Employment and Benefits. The ‘Help Moving
Towards Work’ part of the employment and benefits section has links
to government schemes aimed at helping people return to work or
stay in employment.
Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health (SDC)
is part of the Mental Health Foundation and aims to
achieve enhanced mental health and wellbeing for people in Scotland
and beyond. It has expertise in policy and strategy development,
research and evaluation as well as service redesign and
improvement. SDC provides Employability and workplace training. It has
also worked with the Mental Health and Employment Network to
produce leaflets for:
* Employers on promoting wellbeing at
* Individuals to provide information
and contacts for people who have experienced mental health problems
and want to work.
* Health professionals assist them in
getting the right adjustments in the work environment or
occupational health services for their patients.
Employability in Scotland is a website
designed as a practical guide for anyone involved in employability,
meaning “all the things that enable people to increase
their chances of getting a job, staying in, and progressing further
in work”. The website includes a working with clients with mental health
problems section, which includes examples of ways
to support clients effectively into employment as well as detailed
Scotland is a website for professionals working in the
field of mental health improvement. The mentally healthy employment and working
life includes summaries and links to policy, guidance
on promoting mental wellbeing at work and case studies drawn from
the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives
website Information for the general public on mental
health is included in the 'Good mental health for
Scottish Centre for Healthy Working
Lives is a website for employers, employees and
partner agencies which aims to create a much healthier and more
motivated workforce. To do this, the organisation offers free,
confidential workplace visits, practical information and advice,
including advice on mental health
Health Scotland is a website provided
by NHS Health Scotland with information and resources to support
health improvement practitioners and organisations working to
improve Scotland's health and reduce inequalities. The
mental health improvement pages
include links to mental health indicators, research evidence on
health improvement and promotion initiatives as well as
mental health training programmes
The Scottish Government Mental Health in
Scotland website includes links to government policy
and action plans, mental health services, and mental health
Evaluation of a Job Retention and Vocational
Rehabilitation Pilot in Fife
Further information on mental health conditions
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