Common Mental Health conditions affect a large number of people of working age and they are a significant cause of absence from work.
Evidence suggests that mental health problems can also cause lower productivity while employees are attending work, known as presenteeism.
Research suggests that being in work can have benefits for people with mild to moderate mental health problems and that the longer that somebody is absent from work due to their mental health issues, the less likely they are to return. Therefore it is vital that support is provided to people where their problems are impacting on their work, either to prevent them having to leave work or to ensure a return to work as quickly as possible.
Therefore it is important that the Steps 2 Wellbeing Service works closely with individuals, employers and other third sector organisations to ensure individuals with mental health problems are able either to remain at work or to return to work.
Steps to Wellbeing provides an employment support programme that works alongside psychological support. Employment support can take a number of forms and includes:
• Information and advice
• Signposting to other relevant services
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.