‘Research shows that work is good for our physical and mental health (Waddell & Burton, 2006). While unemployment can damage health and lead to a range of social problems such as debt and social isolation, being in employment and maintaining social contacts improves mental health, prevents suicide and reduces reliance on health services (SEU, 2004; Black, 2008).’

Sainsburys Centre for Mental Health
Briefing 40 Removing Barriers - The Facts about Mental Health and Employment.

 ‘Worklessness is a key priority for Public Health England. Evidence suggests that having a job is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy....... Being out of work is damaging to people’s health and wellbeing regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or region, and the longer the period of unemployment the worse the impact.’


As an employer, commissioner of services, and strategic partner in the health and social care sector, Local Authority Directors have a key role to play in supporting people who experience mental distress and ill-Health to retain, and gain employment.

These top tips to support the employment of people with mental health needs, available to download below, complement those in the more generic Top Tips on Supported Employment.