You know how important people are to your business. Their performance can impact upon productivity and profitability, and that when people are living with a mental health problem they can experience good days and bad days. On their bad days they can lose focus and find tasks difficult to complete. They may even need time off, which can harm their performance and your productivity.
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is a Department for Work and Pensions funded programme and is delivered by Able Futures, a specialist partnership in Great Britain set up to help people with mental health difficulties have more good days.
Able Futures provides employers with education support and resources to help them demonstrate their commitment to supporting people with mental health conditions in the workplace. There is no charge to use this service.
The support Able Futures provides under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service can help your employees living with a mental health condition have more good days, and a healthier, happier workforce is better for productivity.
What’s more, the service can potentially improve employee attendance and retention while reducing the time and money spent on recruitment.
By providing support you demonstrate your commitment to a more inclusive and diverse workplace, which can enhance employee engagement and create a positive working environment.
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service helps you support your employees with a confidential service designed around their needs and daily routine. It also offers you advice, practical support and internal promotion materials you can use to raise awareness of the service within your business.
In addition, every business that registers for the service receives an employer toolkit, a free training resource full of helpful dos and don’ts, and invitations to Disability Confident events where you can gain first-hand experience of the latest guidance for supporting people with their mental health, as well as the latest research.
When you sign-up to provide the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service you receive a comprehensive range of support. In addition to the employer toolkit, event invitations and internal promotion, you have access to qualified professionals to help you help your employees. They will have experience of working with people with mental health conditions. Knowledge that you can access at any time.
There is no charge to you or your employees to use the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. This includes all the calls, meetings, expert advice, guidance and promotional materials.
It does not matter what type or size your business is, or how many employees use the service. All support provided under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Able Futures is a specialist partnership set-up to provide the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The support provided is designed to help people living with mental health difficulties and is funded by the DWP.
The Able Futures partnership includes:
Ingeus is a global provider of services that help make positive change. They give people the support and skills they need to get a job, gain independence and become productive employees.
Case-UK works with individuals and families to create a desire for change, which results in improving their personal, social and economic well-being.
Health 2 Employment
Health 2 Employment supports people living with physical and mental health difficulties. Their highly qualified health team help people manage their condition so that they can find jobs and stay in employment longer.
Salus is an NHS-based provider of occupational health, safety and return-to-work services. The first-class advice and support they deliver helps people with health conditions into work and remain in employment.
Working Minds is a company of highly experienced health and development professionals providing psychological and practical support solutions. They specialise in individual health and wellbeing, employee assistance, employer support, individual employment outcomes and improved individual performance.