Are you concerned that your mental health is affecting your employment?
Are you concerned that your employment is affecting your mental health?
Are you currently off work or unemployed due to your mental health?
The Employment Service provides support for anyone who is experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues that are having an effect on a person’s ability to engage in their current work role or to gain meaningful employment.
Due to the growing evidence that health, work and well-being are closely linked Southampton Steps to Wellbeing, as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies national initiative (IAPT), have set up an Employment Advice support service for people who are struggling with their mental health which is having a direct or indirect impact on their working lives. The service has been developed to help people overcome problems affecting their ability to work effectively by working closely with the individual and accessing their current needs. The final outcome is to help the patient maintain employment, return to employment or gain positive employment. This will be different for each individual and the programme has been developed with this flexibility in mind.
Support to return and maintain employment
Assisting you to find solutions to specific problems
Engaging with your employer, in order to keep lines of communication open during sickness absence. (With the employee’s permission)
Help to prepare for a return to work
Mediate and facilitate support between you and your employer before and during a phased return to work, which may include both Human Resources and Occupational Health
Guidance for managing anxiety, helping you to be assertive and to challenge your fears
Let the assessment team or your clinician know that you would like a referral into the Employment Service. They will then discuss your initial concerns with the Employment Service and decide on the best course of action for you.
Free impartial and confidential advice service for employers to identify solutions to work related issues
Supporting the employer to maintain skilled employees
Negotiation and mediation around work reasonable adjustments so that the job role becomes more manageable
Mediate and facilitate support between the business and employee during the phased return to work process
Keep lines of communication open with the employer and employee at all times.
Check on employee progress during the phased return to work process.
Introduction to services that can deliver mental health training courses to reduce sickness absence costs and increase workforce productivity
An introduction to Mindful Employer and its benefits to your business.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.