Mental health sufferers need support to return to work
Employees that suffer from depression and anxiety find that returning to work can actually help with their recovery.
Research from Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, which was published with support from the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, reveals that people with common mental health problems do not need to have completely recovered before they return to the workplace. Despite that, Common Mental Health Problems at Work suggests that those who suffer from depression and anxiety should be offered specialist support along with psychological therapy upon their return to work.
Furthermore, the review finds that the way line managers and supervisors respond when a person initially becomes unwell can have a big impact on their chances of staying at work.
Linda Seymour, Head of Policy, Sainsbury Centre, says: “Existing research has shown that work is good for our health and that too many people lose their jobs as a result of mental ill health. We need to ensure that alongside the new ‘fit note’ that enables GPs to comment on what people can do as well as what they can’t, and the new Government’s continuing commitment to improving access to psychological therapy, good quality employment advice is provided to both employees and employers.” 01/01/1970