Most people with mental health problems want to work and would do if they got the right kind of support.
When you’re in work and living with a mental health problem, personalised support and an understanding employer go a long way to helping you stay healthy and perform your job well. When you’re out of work and living with a mental health problem, finding a job presents a huge challenge. You need personalised and specialist support to get into work.
Back-to-work schemes have little understanding of people with mental health problems and often assume they lack motivation and willingness to work. In fact it’s the impact of their illness and the environment they are expected to work in that present the toughest challenges.
We’re calling on the next Government to take people with mental health problems out of current back-to-work schemes. We need a new programme focusing on person-centred and specialist support that understands people with mental health problems and the challenges they face.
Please read our new report ‘We’ve got work to do’ which sets out the principles of how such a programme could work.