Looking for a job for yourself or a friend/family member?  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:


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1. The 'Can Do' Guide to Getting into Work

The Can Do Guide to Getting Into Work is aimed at people with mental health conditions or who are experiencing emotional distress, and who are not working but would like to. In particular it aims to provide useful information about Individual Budgets and how they might be used to support ambitions to get a job. (Mind et al, May 2010)


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2. Health at Work

Health at Work is a leaflet about helping you get back to health and work. You will learn what you need to do, and what you should expect from health care and your workplace. You will get practical advice on overcoming obstacles to recovery and work. (The Stationery Office, August 2007)



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3. Work and Mental Illness

Many people find work a fulfilling and worthwhile use of their time and skills. You may have given up work due to mental illness and now feel ready to get back, either in a full-time or part-time capacity, or you may just be looking for something to do with your time and the ability to earn your own money and respect. Work and Mental Illness is a factsheet that will help you decide what's best for you and what questions you need to ask yourself and others. (Rethink, September 2006)


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4. 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)


If you're looking for a job for yourself or a friend/family member, you may also be interested in the following additional documents - they may not be directly aimed at you, but will still be helpful with your question more broadly.


Further Reading:


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a) 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)



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b) Realising Ambitions (The Perkins Report)

.For generations, people who experience mental health conditions have been "out of sight, out of mind".  Subtitled 'Better employment support for people with a mental health condition, Realising Ambitions, a review by Rachel Perkins, Paul Farmer and Paul Litchfield seeks to offer ways of reversing the trend of worklessness for people with a mental health condition. (Department for Work and Pensions, December 2009)


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