Insurance · 16 February 2016

David Cameron pledges 1bn to help workers with mental illness return to work

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The Mental Health Taskforce is looking at how to improve employment rates for those with mental health conditions
The prime minister has announced plans to help one million people with mental health conditions return to the workplace, following the publication of a new report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce highlighting the importance of employment in helping people overcome such problems.

David Cameron said: Mental health is a major problem in our country and it must be properly addressed. By providing this extra 1bn a year for mental health care we will make sure it gets the attention in the NHS it needs. But I want to go even further and end the status quo that sees more than half of people with mental health conditions unable to find a job ensuring tens of thousands are able to find or return to work over the next five years.

At present, only 43 per cent of people with mental health conditions are in work compared to four fifths of the general population. The Mental Health Taskforce has consulted senior figures from large corporations including Royal Mail, Barclays and BT on how to improve employment rates for those with mental health conditions and the issue was recently discussed in parliament:

Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene said: Creating a culture where all employees feel able to talk about their wellbeing, and where managers feel empowered to play a role in helping to support those around them, is vital for a competitive and sustainable business.

one of the biggest responsibilities lies with business leaders, who have a duty to promote the importance of wellbeing right from the very top and create a positive and accepting environment that encourages people to discuss mental health issues and seek support.


 
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