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June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1)

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Managing mental health and employment

Developing support for employees with mental health problems

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Research at the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit examined people’s experiences of sustaining paid employment alongside a period of mental ill health. Annie Irvine presents the findings and the implications for occupational health practice.

IT has been estimated that up to one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some time in their adult life. Often, this leads to the loss of employment – benefit claims due to mental ill health (predominantly anxiety and depression) currently make up the biggest proportion of the Incapacity Benefit caseload. Aside from the cost to the…

Annie Irvine is a research fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1) pp17-21

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