World Mental Health Day – Tuesday 10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day #WMHD17 takes place on Tuesday 10th October and the theme this year is mental health in the workplace.

Mental health problems are common, with one in six experiencing mental health problems at any one time. It can happen to anyone: you, a friend, someone in your family, a colleague at work.

As part of #WMHD17, partners including Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust and Rethink Mental Illness are pleased to announce an expansion of the Rethink Mental Health Employment provision which works with individuals being treated by mental health services across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The majority of people with mental health issues want to work, but often are not able to access the support they need to access and achieve paid employment. This means that there are lots of individuals with mental health conditions who are currently unemployed. In Warwickshire, 47.5%.of people claiming employment and support allowance have a mental or behavioural disorder, and in Coventry the figure is 49.7%. The enhancements to the employment provision will enable Rethink to expand their team of staff and support more individuals with mental health conditions to apply for and achieve paid employment.

Employment advisors will be working with and based alongside clinical teams within the mental health services provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust. This joint working, between clinical teams and specialist employment advisors is a vital step needed so that more individuals with mental health conditions who would like support to apply for work are referred into the Rethink provision, and given the best support to enable them to achieve their employment goals.

One client, who has benefited from the Rethink Service, a male in his 40s, said “I owe you the greatest debt of gratitude, I wouldn’t have my new job or be here if it wasn’t for your support. Thank you for arranging and accompanying me on my work meetings. Thanks for always being there.”

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “We know that being in work is good for your mental health. Mental health is a problem that will affect everyone, either directly or indirectly, and agencies in Warwickshire are making it their responsibility to help break the stigma of mental health and support individuals to get back into paid work.”

Public Health portfolio holder for Coventry city council, Cllr Kamran Caan said: “Good quality work is good for mental health. When employing organisations go that extra mile to work with their employees to promote mental health in the workplace, it’s worth it. The benefits for business productivity are well established and worth investing in and the benefits to the workforce are priceless. You can start by championing initiatives that make the workplace safe and healthy or training in mental health first aid or awareness training.”

The enhanced employment support provision is funded by Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and also benefits from additional European Social Funding (ESF), through Active Inclusion in Warwickshire and ConnectMe in Coventry. The service in Coventry is being delivered through a partnership between Rethink and the City Council’s Job Shop.

For further information about Mental Health Employment provision across Coventry and Warwickshire visit:

Warwickshire – rethink.org/services-groups/services/warwickshire-employment-service

Coventry – rethink.org/services-groups/services/coventry-employment-and-training-service

There are a host of events happening across Coventry and Warwickshire during the week of World Mental Health Day, for details of events click here.

If you are struggling to cope or feeling low, don’t wait for things to get too much. There are a range of mental health and wellbeing services and support available across Coventry and Warwickshire that can help you to improve your wellbeing and support you during difficult times.

Coventry: coventry.gov.uk/hero

Warwickshire: warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth

Photo from left to right

Karen Twigger Mental Health Recovery Worker, Rethink Mental Illness
Paul Walton Healthcare Assistant Oakwood, CWPT
Jorja Congrave Apprentice Health Care Assistant, CWPT
Sandra Barrington RMN, CWPT
Louise Salt Mental Health Recovery Worker, Rethink Mental Illness