Report 48: Mental health, employment and the social care workforce

What helps people with mental health problems gain and retain employment?

[There is a] need for management priorities that value worker wellbeing with a balance between productivity and a healthy work climate (74).

NICE commissioned an evidence review to find out whether healthy and productive working conditions promote mental wellbeing among employees (73). This review informed NICE guidance on mental health and work (36).  The Health and Safety Executive also produce standards to help management promote healthy workplaces (62) (see Law, policy and guidance).
 
There are a number of programmes and interventions designed help people of working age to gain and retain competitive employment that utilises their skills and knowledge, regardless of mental health problems.  These types of services can work equally well for people from ethnic minority communities, as long as employment staff are skilled and confident in addressing issues associated with racism (75).

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