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

Help and support

Working with your GP, community health services, occupational health service and specialist mental health services

The people involved in treating your mental health condition are important in helping you to stay in work, and to keep working well. 

Health professionals should see supporting you in being in work as an important part of your care and treatment.  Your GP can help you to look at your work and to plan any changes that might be helpful.


This section includes information on confidentiality and privacy.  It sets out the circumstances in which information can be shared.   
Advice about occupational health from WorkSmart which is provided by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Mental Health Information for all pages on the mental health team

Department for Work and Pensions – Sick note to Fit Note
From the 6 April 2010 the sick note was replaced by the fit note. This section of the DWP website includes guides for employees, employers and health professionals on the new system.   This is the link to information specifically for employees and patients

The Directgov website also contains information on the ‘Statement of Fitness for Work (Fit note)  which includes an explanation of the Fit Note and the terms used in it. 

You may also find it helpful to look at the information we have developed for healthcare professionals