Social Care and Mental Health Indicators show more people with mental illness in employment

Jan Hutchinson Jan Hutchinson, Director of Programmes

The 2011 Social Care and Mental Health Indicators released last Wednesday show that the number of people with mental health problems aged 18-69 who are in contact with secondary mental health services known to be in paid employment has risen to 9.5 percent from 7.9 percent in 2010.

In the current climate of job losses and widespread unemployment these figures are extremely encouraging. Work is often cited as  the single greatest factor in recovery from mental ill health, yet sadly there are still a large number of people with a mental illness who struggle to find paid employment. We hope that commissioners and Health and Social Care providers will recognise the need for evidence-based Individual Placement and Support Employment services to be made widely available for everyone with a mental health problem so that, year on year, the number of people with a mental illness who are taking up and sustaining employment will continue to increase!