Workers to get mental health support24th August 2009
The government has pledged to offer more help to people with mental health problems so they can keep doing their jobs.
After running trials in conjunction with the charity Mind, the government said it wanted to increase its assistance in order to help workers.
The pilot schemes had a 90% success rate in allowing employees with mental health issues to stay in work.
Jim Knight, Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform, said workers would be given "the right help early on".
He said he knew that companies wanted to retain staff who did their jobs well and employees wanted to keep working.
"Our plans to offer the right help early on can end the downward spiral of people falling out of work into sick leave, and onto benefits."
"We are all agreed that helping people stay in work is good news for them, their bosses and for the taxpayer," he added.
The government is due to publish the first National Strategy for Mental Health and Employment later this year.
The strategy will incorporate information about how employers and other organisations want to improve health at work.
The Access to Work fund - which gives advice and financial aid to disabled people and companies - will also be increased from £69 million to £138 million by 2014.
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Title: Workers to get mental health support
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 12471
Date Added: 24th Aug 2009