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27 Jan 2014

Government To Help Employers Manage Mental Health Issues

The government will help employers to manage mental health issues in the workplace in a bid to increase work productivity among employees. It will also support employers in their work with employees who have returned to the workplace after taking leave due to mental health issues.

The activities are laid out in a report titled “Closing the gap: priorities for essential change in mental health” and covers 25 areas in which health and care services need to work to address the issue.

NHS England will partner with the Department for Work and Pensions to work out what the best practices are for employers in terms of recruiting and retaining staff and reducing the stigma associated with mental health problems. These institutions will also provide help with making workplace support available. Another task will be to provide employers and managers with the information they need to recognise the early signs of work-related stress and to be able to talk about it with employees.

As part of its efforts, later this year the government will introduce an occupational health assessment and advice service to help employers and employees deal with long-term employee absence.

Chris Jessop, managing director in the health services department of Axa PPP Healthcare, commented that the government initiative will serve to raise awareness about work-related stress and help employers realise the benefits of promoting workplace wellbeing, as well as teach them how to spot the early signs of work-related stress and mental health issues.

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