Mental health and employment

Woodland, Gaynor (2009) Mental health and employment. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Work is central to two of the values that underpin mental healthcare – that of social inclusion and recovery (RCP, 2008, p. 17). On virtually any indicator of social exclusion, people with mental health problems are amongst the most excluded members of society (Office of the Prime Minister, 2004, p. 2).

    By conducting a literature review issues such as stigma, social exclusion; together with anti-discriminatory practice were examined, in respect to adults with mental health problems wishing to return into some form of work.
    People who experience mental health problems consistently identify the benefits system as a major barrier to them returning to work (Social Exclusion Unit, 2004, p3). Yet recent research concludes that “there are economic, social and moral arguments that work is the most effective way to improve the well-being of individual” (Waddell & Burton, 2006, p. 15).

    The literature review gives a brief overview of the steps taken by Government in aiding this social excluded group, the role that an Employer can take to aid a return into employment, and the support a mental health social worker can undertake in helping an individual gain control and independence in their life.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 15:38
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26

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