Work Can Aid Recovery Of People With Depression And Anxiety

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We often hear about people who are signed off from their work because of depression and anxiety related disorders, sometimes for months or even years, however that may not be the best thing to aid recovery according to a new report.

A research review carried out by The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health with support from the British Occupational Health Foundation (BOHRF) reports that people don’t have to be fully recovered from their depression before making a return to work as going back to work could actually help them to recover.

According to the review, people who are suffering from depression and anxiety should be offered specialist help and support in order to return to work as well as psychological therapy.

Common Mental Health Problems by Linda Seymour examined recent international research evidence on how to help people with depression and anxiety stay in work or return to work after a period of absence as a result of their mental health problems.

The research revealed not only that going back to work can help people recover from depression and anxiety, but also that specialist advice can be as important as psychological therapy and both are needed to help people with common mental health problems stay in work or get back to work. Line managers and other members of staff can also make a difference.

“Our review has shown that people with common mental health problems can return successfully to work before they are completely recovered. But many need support from expert employment advisers as well as timely access to psychological therapy and a good GP” said Linda Seymour who is head of policy at the Sainsbury Centre.

“Existing research has shown that work is good for our health and that too many people lose their jobs as a result of mental ill health. We need to ensure that alongside the new ‘fit note’ that enables GPs to comment on what people can do as well as what they can’t, and the new Government’s continuing commitment to improving access to psychological therapy, good quality employment advice is provided to both employees and employers.”

Back in 2005, BOHRF published a systematic evidence review of published evidence for effective interventions that help people with mental health problems return to work and this latest Sainsbury Centre review is an update of the review by BOHRF.

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  1. Depression Free
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    100% tried and tested. Work can lessen and better remove depression. When I was down, heart broken, a guy left me, I just thought of double work. I had an admin job in the evening and part time work as a college instructor. Believe me, I became happy without a love life, yet a fulfilled career. Depression has no place in my human being.

  2. cat
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    100% failed …work added a burden that made depression worse and led to breakdown.
    Death of lifetime partner and severely ill child, not a broken love affair, -it depends on circumstances.
    Depression has a place and purpose in my human being and working through it is a job itself.

  3. David
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Individuals with serious mental health concerns need to work through their diagnosis, and negative self talk. They also, need to find a good work-life balance when first starting to look for work again. Take into consideration the hours, number of shifts, employment environment, and your level of responsibilities. Build on success and do not build your bridge too fast because we all know what happens when we build up too fast…the structure does not have a good strong foundation and it can become weak over time.

    Also, get in touch with your local vocational support team who support individuals going back to work.

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