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

Support at work when you have a mental health problem

Be proactive and use the support available to enable you to stay in work successfully.

Many people with mental ill-health continue to work successfully. In fact work is part of the recovery process for many people, and can help prevent a mental health condition from getting worse. However, most people will need some type of support to continue to work well. 

How you do this depends on what your employer already knows about your mental ill-health, and whether you discussed this together as part of the process when you started your job.  It also depends on the nature and atmosphere of your workplace.


Providing the right information

Has your employer got information to hand, to help staff understand mental health conditions?

We’ve produced a special pack of mental health information for employers and employees which explains how to recognise a possible mental health problem, and how best to support those living with mental ill health.

It has been written collaboratively by psychiatrists and patients, has won awards for its clarity and helpfulness.

Read more about our pack for employers.