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

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.

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.


Rethink's work emphasises skills such as tenacity, creativity, and the 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.
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.

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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