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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Work and Mental Health

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Work and mental health

About our Work and Mental Health pages

There is compelling evidence that paid or unpaid work can help your physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

Starting work, staying in work or returning to work after a period of mental ill-health can be difficult.  However, there is a wealth of information available to help make this easier.

This new area of our website signposts you  to relevant guidance and practical tools.  These are designed to help you through the maze of issues on work and mental health, whether you are:


  • a worker - planning to start work, make changes to help you stay in work or to return to work when recovering from a period of mental ill-health
  • an employer - looking to support your employees or colleagues at work so that they remain productive
  • a clinician - developing and supporting your patient’s care plan to combine work with recovery from mental ill-health.
  • carers - helpful information for you when the person you care for is preparing to start or return to work.

These pages give you information on key issues and  links to more detailed guidance. 

How were these pages developed?

This section of the website was developed with the help of a steering group of experts, including psychiatrists and other health professionals, service users, and their carers, as well as people who work with employer organisations, including small businesses to large national companies.  It has been tested by members of the College’s Service User Recovery and Carer’s Forums, people working in or with employer organisations, as well as experts in occupational health.

The resources have been chosen because of their usefulness and accessibility, rather than as a result of systematic review. 

Please note that we are unable to offer advice on individual cases. Please see our FAQ for advice on getting help.

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