Are you employing, or would you like to employ, someone with mental ill health?  These are the top 4 most useful documents that may be able to help you - just click on the picture or title to download. 


Essential Reading:



1. Taking Care of Business

Work-related mental ill health costs the UK economy up to £26 billion every year through lost working days, staff turnover and lower productivity. Would you know how much mental ill health costs your organisation? Taking Care of Business: Employers' Guide to Mentally Healthy Workplaces can show you how inexpensive, simple measures to support staff mental wellbeing can help you save up to 30 per cent of these costs. (Mind, May 2010).



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2. Healthy People, Healthy Profits

A growing number of UK employers have recognised employee health and wellbeing as a strategic priority, particularly during the challenging economic times. Proactive management of employees’ physical and mental health can produce a range of important business benefits including reduction of sickness absence; lost time due to accidents and associated costs; greater staff engagement and productivity; reduced staff turnover recruitment and costs. The case studies in Healthy People, Healthy Profits have been recognised as examples of UK best practice by the Government’s Health Work Wellbeing initiative. (Business in the Community, February 2009)


3. The Emotional Resilience Toolkit

Created by employers for employers, the Emotional Resilience Toolkit provides practical guidance in promoting the resilience of individuals and teams in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme.  (Business in the Community, May 2009)


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4. Sick Note to Fit Note

This guide has been produced in partnershipwith the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, Acas, the Association of British Insurers and EEF, the manufacturers’organisation. Sick Note to Fit Note is for all employers and includes information on the changes to the form itself and the effect of these changes on your business and your workforce. (Department for Work and Pensions, February 2010)



If you're employing, or looking to employ, someone with mental ill health, you may also be interested in the following additional documents - while not directly aimed at you, they will still be helpful with your question more broadly.


Further Reading:



a) Removing Barriers

Many people with mental health problems find it difficult to remain in employment and face isolation and discrimination in their workplaces. Removing Barriers: the Facts about Mental Health and Employment looks at the barriers to employment and at positive initiatives that are being undertaken. (Centre for Mental Health, July 2009)


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b) What Works For You

It can be hard to know what to do when someone you work with is going through a tough time or has a mental health problem. But knowing how to support a colleague can make a huge difference to how they cope. What Works for You? outlines how a colleague can be helped and suggests where to go for further advice. (Mental Health Foundation, December 2008)


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c) Doing What Works

Doing What Works shows that Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is by far the most effective way of helping people with severe and enduring mental health problems to gain and retain the jobs they want. But it is only effective if all seven of its key principles are in place. (Centre for Mental Health, February 2009 and September 2009)



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