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

Resources for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Most of the resources that have been included in this site are relevant for people living and working in Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales.  We have also included links to some of the key mental health and work resources in each country.



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.

Northern Ireland

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) Management Standards.

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 three elements:

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 personal challenges.

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 packages.

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

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.

Action 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.

SAMH 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 work,

* 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 case studies.

Well 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 all' section

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 law.

NHS Fife

Evaluation of a Job Retention and Vocational Rehabilitation Pilot in Fife


Further information on mental health conditions

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