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

Finding work when you have had mental ill health

Everyone has skills and qualities that they can use at work. Don't assume that an employer will automatically reject someone who has had a mental health problem. Both the government and mental health advocacy organisations have campaigned to emphasise the benefits that someone with a mental health problem can bring to the workplace.

These campaigns have developed resources that you can use to overcome the difficulties of getting back to work.

Links to resources:

Rethink’s work emphasises the skills such as tenacity, creativity, ability to work with and relate to different sorts of people that people with mental ill-health can bring. 

Mindful Employer – increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace. Over 700 employers have signed up to a Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health.  These organisations aim to increase awareness of mental health at work and provide ongoing support in the recruitment and retention of staff.

SHiFT is an initiative to tackle stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues in England. The campaign aims to create a society where people who experience mental health problems enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other people.

The Mental Health Foundation

Campaigns to:

  •  push mental health up the political and social agenda
  • raise awareness of mental health issues in the media 
  • work to influence civil servants and politicians at a national level

Time to Change - Let’s end mental health discrimination

Time to Change is an ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.  It includes local community based projects and national campaigns. 


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