Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people
with a mental health condition
Rachel Perkins, Paul
Farmer and Paul Litchfield
Work and Pensions, December 2009
This review was commissioned by the Secretary
of State for Work and Pensions to look at mental health and
employment and to identify how Government could help people with
mental health conditions fulfil their employment ambitions.
Appendix 6 includes suggestions for what a WRAP for work might
contain. The review also includes an example of the
strategies that some people have found effective in managing their
mental health condition at work.
Rethink - Working it out.
This booklet was developed for line managers
and includes how to develop a WRAP including 6 key sections Daily
maintenance plan, triggers, early warning signs, when things are
breaking down, crisis plan and towards recovery. Appendix A of the
report includes an example of a WRAP developed by a former member
of Rethink staff.
Think Twice is a campaign by SANE and is
supported by two complementary handbooks, one for service users and their carers, and another for
mental health professionals. These
handbooks are intended to aid communication between patients and
the mental health team. The Think Twice service user
handbook provides a step-by-step guide to understanding,
identifying, and where possible, preventing relapse. Drawing on the
research findings that many users of the dedicated website
contributed to, the handbook aims to play a key role in the
management of your condition by providing simple and practical
advice. As each person's experience of schizophrenia and bipolar
disorder is different the handbook also provides patients with a
'tool' to record key information to help develop personalised steps
for dealing with relapse.
Feeling stressed: Keeping well
This workbook is available through the Mindful
Employer initiative. It is based on elements of the Wellness
Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) originally developed by Mary Ellen
Copeland and a group of mental health service users who wanted to
work on their own recovery. It is a practical tool to help people
with mental health problems to gain more control over problems or
difficulties you may encounter as a result of stress caused by
workload, relationships with colleagues, outside work pressures or
Health and Safety Executive
These pages are aimed at employers and contain
useful information on good practice. There is a link to a
‘Return to work questionnaire’ which may help
you to identify the demands which may have exacerbated your
patient’s illness, the support and changes you could discuss as
part of the patient’s return to work.
There are also links to sources
of advice and help when returning to work
Fit for Work Services
Fit for Work Services help people to stay in
or return to work more quickly after illness or when they develop a
health condition or impairment. There are a number of schemes
around the UK run by case managers who work to ensure that clients
receive appropriate support on time. The scheme is guaranteed
to run until March 2011.
Health Work Wellbeing
Health, Work and Well-being is a
cross-Government initiative to protect and improve the health and
well-being of working age people. It includes case studies, links
and resources. The case studies are particularly useful in
providing ideas on working with employees and employers to improve
health and wellbeing in the workplace.