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Health, work and welfare

Case Studies from Christ Church Community Services

Learner E came to do the Mental Health wellbeing course with depression and anxiety on the recommendation of her occupational therapist, She attended well and took an active part in the group although she did find it tiring at first. Her confidence grew as the sessions progressed and she was happy to chat with the others and take an active part by the end of the first session. Despite being very anxious she returned the following day and did some further cooking and mixing. By the end of the session we all knew her better and she was much more relaxed.

Happy at Work?

Two fifths of employers have reported that they are seeing an increase in cases of anxiety and depression from their staff.

Work. Friend or Foe to Health?

Video recording of Professor Dame Carol Black's lecture on 25 February 2015 at part of the Nottingham Trent University Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Lecture abstract:

Take Ten People in the North East - Voices 4

Video title: Making a difference: the employment specialists seconded into NHS services.  (7.58 mins)

Denise Ewart, City of Sunderland Council and Pauline Stott, Job Centre Plus.

Pauline and Denise discuss their roles; describe in detail the benefits of Individual Placement and Support and examine what a person-centred approach means in the context of employment support.

Working Our Way to Better Mental Health: A Framework for Action

This was the first ever public mental health and employment strategy, written for the Labour Government by Dame Carol Black as part of the DWP-led cross government  Health Work and Wellbeing initiative to protect and improve the health and well-being of working age people. See: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/health-work-and-well-being/.

New RCPsych work and mental health webpages

Launched on 14th June 2011, Work and Mental Health,  is a  new online resource on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website, aimed at employers and others supporting people to return to work after a period of mental ill-health. It has been developed in partnership with DWP.

Latest from Mindful Employer

New! MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Managers' Resource.

Includes contributions from line managers in a range of businesses and organisations, a foreword by Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health & Work and David Frost, Director General British Chamber of Commerce and comments from Dr Steve Boorman and others, as well as practical information and advice on:

Research findings on DWP welfare programmes

Two research documents from DWP - one suggests improvements to Employment Support Allowance following a survey of receipients: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2011-2012/rrep745.pdf ;

another records what customers and staff think about the trial Incapacity Benefit reassessments:


State of the nation report: poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency in the UK

The Coalition Government's report  on  poverty and inequalities in the UK which was described as setting the context for the government's programme of welfare reform. It includes data on the particular concerns around the state of mental health in the UK, e.g.

Take Ten People (TTP): bibliography

Archived resource

This bibliography of sources used in developing the Take Ten People integrated approach to learning, skills and employment resources is included as part of the Take Ten People box set - a collection of resources.


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