Work for health?

Document type
Conference proceedings
Corporate author(s)
Social Perspectives Network (Great Britain)
Social Perspectives Network
Date of publication
1 June 2005
SPN paper; 8
Mental health services, Employment
Social welfare
Material type

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This document is comprised of the proceedings of a study day organised by the Social Perspectives Network exploring issues around employment and mental health. The study day sought to to learn from projects that enhanced the inclusion of people who have experienced mental distress, and consider mental wellbeing in the workplace. Some of the areas addressed included: the effect of mental distress on employment prospects and how this can be institutionalised by occupational health schemes; the barriers to employment created by the inflexibility of the benefits system; mental distress caused by the workplace itself; and recovery considered not simply in the context of being in employment, but being in a position where the aspirational development of skills and talents is encouraged. The talks and workshops, the proceedings of which are collated here, addressed areas such as employment and training, personal experiences, social inclusion through participation and citizenship, happiness at work and governmental reforms to incapacity benefit.

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