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If you live with mental health difficulties, you know there are good days and bad days. You also know the bad days can affect you at work. You probably find it hard to focus or perform at your best. The aim of Able Futures is to help you enjoy more good days.

World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019 asks everyone to take 40 seconds of action to help raise awareness and prevent suicide. At Able Futures, we know that in 40 seconds you can apply for mental health support for any mental health issues that are affecting your time at work, and you'll quickly be able to talk to a mental health professional and plan what you can do to feel better and have more good days. 

With support, signposting and information from a qualified mental health professional, you could learn more about your mental health, understand how you can access treatment for any mental health problems and connect with other people and support organisations who know what it's like to live with a mental health problem. The service is fast, flexible and, best of all, there is no charge to use this service.

Enjoy more good days

Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days. Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday or apply online.

Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. It could be available to you if you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Are you aged 16 or over?
  • Are you in work or about to start work?
  • Do you live in Great Britain?
  • Do you have mental health difficulties that impact upon your work?

This list is not exhaustive and it is ultimately up to the Department of Work and Pensions Access to Work Mental Health Support Service adviser to determine eligibility.

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Able Futures is free and easy to use

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Able Futures is a confidential service

"It has been absolutely great. I’ve been very happy with the support and advice so far."

Quote from Able Futures participant, May 2019.

Answers to your questions about Able Futures

Able Futures is designed around you, your needs and your daily routine. It is available over the phone, through email and face-to-face meetings.

What’s more, there is no waiting list for the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. So, once you have signed-up, you will get a call within one working day.

Qualified health care professionals with experience of helping people with mental health difficulties provide support. They will listen to you to understand the difficulties you are experiencing. Then, they will do three things:

  1. Arrange a meeting at a time and place that suits you
  2. Plan support for six months, and additional ongoing support for a further three months should you feel you need it
  3. Direct you to additional support services you may find helpful.

A qualified and experienced health care professional will provide you with support under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. They will help you build a nine-month support plan and will remain available throughout the period, either over the phone, through email or face-to-face meetings.

Your health care professional may also recommend additional support services as part of your plan. They are local experts who can help you with issues like sleeping problems or eating disorders.

There is no charge to access the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. This includes phone calls, meetings and support services.

It does not matter when or where you meet your health care professional, or how often you access support. All support provided under the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Your support will work best if you attend your arranged meetings regularly and discuss how your support is helping. Having agreed to a plan with your health care professional, you are expected to attend meetings and talk about how your support is affecting you at work.

Remember, the idea is to have more good days. So, the more you feedback the greater the impact.

Able Futures is a specialist network in Great Britain 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
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
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
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
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.

The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service could be available to everyone over the age of 16 and in/ about to start work.

The type of work you do does not matter. Support is available to everyone, employed or self-employed, working full time or part time. You must live in Great Britain and have mental health difficulties that impact upon your work.

This is just some of the eligibility criteria, the Department for Work and Pensions are responsible for determining eligibility.

If you need to speak to someone urgently, please call the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you require urgent medical attention, call either NHS 24 on 111 or the Emergency Services on 999.

The support you receive is completely confidential. From your first phone call to your final meeting, your boss, your colleagues and even your family and friends will never know, unless you decide you want them to.

"Practical support and advice are given, and we have a good chat in our face-to-face meetings. We discuss my situation, and it provides me with emotional support."

Quote from an Able Futures participant, May 2019.

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