SCIE media statement

Mental health and employment in social care jobs

10 October 2011

New SCIE resources in print and online

Three new resources are launched today, World Mental Health Day. They summarise the current evidence about what hinders people with mental health problems from working in social care. The At a glance briefing, research briefing and digital report also look at what helps staff to gain and/or retain employment in the social care workforce. There’s advice for managers and HR professionals; this helps to support people with mental health issues in gaining, and retaining, employment in the social care sector.

Working in social care – barriers

Evidence shows continuing stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems in wider society and within the workplace. Negative assumptions by doctors and medical staff and individuals themselves can play a significant role in preventing people from working when they could do so. The social care workforce is expanding because of an increase in demand and SCIE says that it’s important that work opportunities are open to all skills and talents.

SCIE opinion

Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder, says:

These new resources will be helpful for the social care workforce. No one should assume that, because they’re in the caring professions, that mental health is an issue that is easily dealt with. The resources place a strong emphasis on the role of managers. They need to create a culture where people with mental health issues are supported.

See SCIE’s Pete Fleischmann talking about this issue

The reports’ authors

SCIE have produced the three resources in conjunction with the Centre for Mental Health, with the support of the cross-Government Health, Work and Well-being initiative.

Two key figures

opinion and vlog

Read the opinion by SCIE’s Pete Fleischmann, which looks at the issues he’s had to deal with in the workplace, along with his views on these new resources. See Pete speaking about the role of managers in the vlog.


Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: