Learn how you can be mentally healthy at work, with suggestions for what you can do and where you can get support if you experience poor mental health.
You can choose from different types of work to suit your mental health needs. This information explains each type, as well as some of the pros and cons you may encounter.
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By understanding what type of work suits you best, you might feel more able to manage your mental health. When deciding, try thinking about the following questions:
"Many employers now realise, perhaps for the first time, that supporting people with mental health conditions at work is really important, and rewarding."
Flexible working is a way to have more control over how, where and when you work.
Choosing your own working hours is one example. With this you may have to work certain 'core hours', such as 10am to 4pm. You can vary your start and finish times outside these hours.
Flexible working can also mean job sharing (letting people share a job) or regularly working from home.
You have the right to request flexible working once you've worked somewhere for 26 weeks or more. For details on this, you can read the Government information on flexible working.
"My employer gives me the chance to do a more flexible working hour schedule, as long as the work is done."
This information was published in December 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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