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Jobcentres to have mental health workers

8th December 2009

The government has revealed plans to place mental health workers in jobcentres to help depressed people remain in their jobs or to find work.


The new plans are part of a drive to decrease the £40 billion cost to the British economy caused by mental health issues.

Nine pilot programmes will allow managers from small businesses to speak directly to occupational health workers.

The New Horizons strategy will not receive extra money, as the government has said £5 million can be sourced from existing funds.

The strategy has been published as part of a joint effort by the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions.

The plans come after a review was carried out by Rachel Perkins, a mental health specialist, who examined the best way to help the one million people who do not work because of mental health problems.

It is estimated that up to 15% of the population are clinically anxious or depressed "at any one time". The new strategy will also support people whose jobs are affected by bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Dr Perkins, who works for the West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, said: "People with mental health conditions remain among the most excluded within our society, particularly in the workplace."

"We know that work improves mental health and wellbeing and most people with a mental health condition would like to be in work and pursue a career."


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Article Information

Title: Jobcentres to have mental health workers
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13473
Date Added: 8th Dec 2009


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