Explains how you can be mentally healthy at work, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.
Thinking about going back to your job after a period of poor mental health can feel overwhelming. You may be worried about what colleagues will think or that you won't be able to cope. For some, returning to work is a big milestone in their recovery.
Even though you're feeling better, it doesn't always mean that you're no longer experiencing a mental health problem. So it's important to think about how you can manage your mental health as you return to work.
"My employer offers me supervision and counselling."
If you have been on sickness leave for more than seven consecutive days, consider doing the following before you return to work:
If you have been off sick (or are likely to be) for four weeks or more, your GP or employer can discuss with you a referral to the government scheme Fit for Work.
Fit for Work provides impartial work-related health advice and can refer you to occupational health professionals for support in returning to work.
While you're off work there are some practical things that you can do to make returning to your job easier:
Make use of any support you can from your employer:
"My employer supports me by helping me when I get stressed and feel like I can't cope, changing my tasks or just being there to talk to."
This information was published in April 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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