Work and Mental Health

pdf_icon Click here to read the How to be mentally healthy at work PDF (please note this is a UK publication).

Being in paid employment is more than just a way of earning a living: it provides identity, contact and friendship with other people, a way of putting structure in your life, and an opportunity to meet goals and to contribute.   Unemployment is linked with poor physical and mental health, and poverty. However, paid employment brings its own pressures on your mental health.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that every year around 2 million people experience a health problem that they believe to have been caused by their current or past work: stress being the largest cause of work-related illnesses.

If you already have a mental health problem, maintaining paid employment can be a challenge, however, with understanding and support from your employer, and a little bit of flexibility, work can be a positive experience.


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