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  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan :: Recovery :: Signpost UK
    Plan Last updated Saturday 30th Jan 2010 WRAP is a tool to help people work out what makes them well and what helps them cope with everyday life It was developed in the USA by Mary Ellen Copeland a mental health advocate and author It aims to decrease and prevent intrusive or upsetting feelings and behaviours increase personal empowerment improve quality of life assist people in achieving their life goals and dreams The person with mental health needs develops their personal WRAP although they may choose to ask the people who support them to help them create it I feel better more often and I ve improved the overall quality of my life Some organisations and mental health providers encourage people to use WRAP when thinking about their mental health and planning for the future In these cases the WRAP resources would be provided free However there are a range of resources relating to WRAP which you can buy online To find out more about WRAP visit Mary Ellen Copeland s Mental Health Recovery website Useful books Signpost UK s list of useful books will help you to help yourself to manage a range of mental health issues and conditions

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/recovery/wellness-recovery-action-plan (2016-02-16)
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  • Living Life to the Full (LLTF) :: Recovery :: Signpost UK
    to the Full is supported by Anxiety UK national charity for people with anxiety conditions Depression Alliance Scotland Scottish charity for people with depression and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Living Life to the Full is for anyone wanting to learn new life skills anyone who at times feels fed up or low or tense and anxious people who are dissatisfied with how they are and how they live their life people who want to improve their quality of life people wanting to learn how to sleep better people wanting to learn how to relax people who sometimes take tablet medication Use of the site is free There is also a function which allows you to set up an agreed link with your practitioner to follow your progress on the website They are then able to view your progress in the course modules follow your mood scales and contact you if required Take a look at the Introduction Module to Living Life to the Full A range of booklets worksheets DVDs and other resources complement the course and are available on Five Areas the website for self help resources using the five areas model upon which the Living Life to

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/recovery/living-life-full-lltf (2016-02-16)
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  • Benefits & work :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    you earn less than this amount or if you are self employed you will not be able to get Statutory Sick Pay but you may be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance ESA instead Part time workers workers on a fixed term contract and agency workers all qualify for Statutory Sick Pay For more information about Statutory Sick Pay visit the CAB Adviceguide Fit notes GPs now issue fit notes which may allow you to do some of your work supported by your employer if you are not able to carry out all of your usual duties However your GP still has the option of saying that you are not fit for work The NHS Choices website has more information about fit notes Employment and Support Allowance ESA Employment and Support Allowance ESA is paid to all new claimants after the 2008 date If you feel you may be entitled to this benefit you may want to get advice from an adviser at your local CAB who can explain the claiming process and what will happen Work Capability Assessment When you make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance you have to complete a questionnaire about how your illness or disability affects your ability to complete everyday tasks This forms part of a Work Capability Assessment which is the main assessment for Employment and Support Allowance claims Your own doctor may be asked to provide a medical report After a period of 13 weeks when benefit is paid at a basic rate you may be asked to go for a Work Capability Assessment interview where an approved healthcare professional appointed by the Department of Work and Pensions will examine your health problems and their effect on you They will consider the questionnaire and any medical reports along with any other information you may have provided They will then provide details of the outcome of your assessment to the Department for Work and Pensions which is responsible for administering benefit claims The Department for Work and Pensions will make a decision about whether you are entitled to receive Employment and Support Allowance using the information from the assessment and the advice provided by the approved healthcare professional Some people find it helpful to have support from a person with mental health and benefits experience during the assessment process People currently receiving Incapacity Benefit will continue to be assessed by the Personal Capability Assessment unless they do not have to do so because of the nature of their illness This is similar to a Work Capability Assessment There are different outcomes which determine what you will need to do next and how much benefit you are paid If you are seen as capable of work you may be given the option to claim Jobseeker s Allowance though you can also opt to continue to claim ESA at a basic rate until you have been able to challenge the decision You may be put into the limited capability for work group where you may be expected to do some activity to prepare yourself for working at a later time A smaller group of people may be allocated to the support group where there is unconditional help without needing to do any type of work programmes If unhappy with the decision then you may want to seek advice from your local CAB or another benefits specialist straight away It is important to challenge the decision within the given time limit However if you have gone past this time limit it is still worth seeking advice The Citizens Advice Bureaux website has a factsheet on ESA which may be helpful to read before seeking help about your own circumstances from your nearest bureau Work focused interviews During the process of claiming benefits you may be asked to attend work focused interviews If you do not attend these your benefits claim may be affected The Disability Alliance has a useful factsheet about work focused interviews New assessments from 2011 From 2011 people may be assessed on existing benefits such as Income Support due to illness Severe Disablement Allowance and Incapacity Benefit Plans to introduce this will be rolled out over a period of three years If you have any concerns over this you may want to contact your nearest CAB where they can guide you about any future change Changes affecting lone parents from October 2010 From October 2010 there are changes affecting lone parents with young children where a youngest child is over seven depending on the parent s circumstances they may be expected to look for work claim Jobseekers Allowance If this affects you may want to talk to an adviser at the CAB who can see if there are other benefits that may be appropriate Housing costs Depending on your circumstances and who lives with you you may be able to claim housing benefit and council tax benefit If you live alone you are eligible for a 25 discount on your council tax in any case as a single person But where you are on a low or benefit income and have savings under a certain threshold you may be entitled to help with your housing and council tax costs You should ask your local council about claiming this and they will issue forms for you to complete If you need help to do this you may be able to get assistance from the council Gateways or to go to the CAB who always do form filling Disability Living Allowance DLA This is a benefit for disabled people under 65 years To get DLA you must have personal care needs or difficulty with walking also called mobility because of either a physical or mental disability You may still be entitled to receive this benefit if you are in work It is not means tested which means savings and income are not taken into account and reflects the extra costs of living with a disability DLA can be spent on whatever the person

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-and-work/benefits-work (2016-02-16)
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  • Employers :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    equipment for example The amount an employer has to contribute towards these costs depends on a range of factors such as how long you have employed the person how many other employees you have in your workplace and so on In some case the service is free The Direct Gov website has information about the Access to Work Fund Help for employers Information and support is available for employers to help ensure that employees are able to work within a healthy and supportive environment In turn this helps reduce sickness absence and increases productivity Health Work and Well being You can find out more about mental health through the Time to Challenge website which has information about mental health for employers Health Work and Well being is a government led initiative which aims to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of working age people Their website contains free information to help employers support their staff You may also find the Centre for Mental Health s reports on employment helpful Local help There are vocational advisers who can help with people with disabilities find and retain work You may be able to with your employee s agreement refer to these initiatives so that the employee can get any help they need Look at our section on employment and vocational services to find out more MINDFUL EMPLOYER Led and supported by employers the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health at work and providing support for businesses in recruiting and retaining staff Since MINDFUL EMPLOYER was launched in 2004 583 employers have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health Being a MINDFUL EMPLOYER shows others and your own staff that you are a good employer expresses your corporate social responsibility reduces recruitment and

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-and-work/employers (2016-02-16)
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  • Employment & vocational services :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    Employment Kent Social Services Queens House Guildhall Street Folkestone Kent CT20 1DX Tel 01303 253476 Fax 01303 220751 Gravesend Kent Supported Employment Kent Social Services Joynes House New Road Gravesend Kent DA11 0AT Tel 01474 328664 Fax 01474 320741 Maidstone Kent Supported Employment Kent Social Services Bishops Terrace Bishops Way Maidstone Kent ME14 1LA Tel 01622 691640 Fax 01622 691135 Margate Kent Supported Employment Kent Social Services Thanet DOC Tivoli Road Margate Kent CT9 5SE Tel 01843 229909 Fax 01843 230871 Tonbridge area Kent Supported Employment 17 Kings Hill Avenue West Malling Kent ME19 4UL Tel 01732 525006 mcch Employment services mcch is a charitable organisation that supports people with mental health needs across the South East of England Its Employment services cover Maidstone Shepway Dartford and Gravesend Services are free and support people with mental health needs to stay in their job or return to work if recently unemployed North Kent Employment Dartford Gravesend mcch Employment and Vocational Services Unit 2 Twisleton Court Priory Hill Dartford Kent DA1 2EN Tel 01322 223335 email n butterfield mcch org uk East Kent Employment Shepway mcch Employment and Vocational Services 17½ Manor Road Folkestone Kent CT20 2SA Tel 01303 210376 email folkestone mcch org uk mcch Wellbeing at Work service Maidstone and the Weald mcch is a charitable organisation that supports people with mental health needs across the South East of England Its Wellbeing at Work service is part of a nationwide Employment Advisor Pilot programme and is available to people who live in Maidstone and the Weald area The service is free and supports people with mental health needs to return to work or stay in their job Maidstone and Weald Employer Advisor Service mcch Employment and Vocational Services Live It Well 84 Holland Road Maidstone Kent ME14 1UT Tel 01622 688003 Fax 01622 677661 email compasshouse mcch org uk Website www mcch co uk One Stop Shop The One Stop Shop is a service offered by a number of organisations which work together to help people with severe and enduring mental health needs in Maidstone and the Weald find and stay in work Organisations involved in the One Stop Shop include Kent County Council Adult Social Services mcch The Blackthorn Trust The Winfield Trust and Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust KMPT If you receive support from the community mental health team in Maidstone you may be eligible to receive this service Each community mental health team has a vocational adviser who can refer you to the One Stop Shop for support One Stop Shop Live It Well 84 Holland Road Maidstone Kent ME14 1UT Tel 01622 688003 For referrals contact the vocational advisor at Kingswood Community Mental Health Centre Tel 01622 766900 For advice on employment and vocational support available contact the employment advisor at mcch Tel 01622 688003 Blackthorn Trust Tel 01622 722218 For information on information technology IT training contact The Winfield Trust Tel 01622 769950 RBLI Employment Solutions Employment Solutions is a division

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-and-work/employment-vocational-services (2016-02-16)
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  • In work :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    hours a day You may want to ask for your hours to be reduced permanently You may want to ask to change elements of your job If your mental health issue is regarded as a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 your employer will have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to their premises or work practices to take account of your mental health needs If you are experiencing problems with your mental health it will impact upon your working life You may want to consider whether there are things you or others can do to help you manage The national mental health charity Mind has a guide to surviving working life that has useful tips and advice to help you think about what might help Getting help and taking time off If you know what you are likely to need you may be able to make or negotiate in advance the conditions that will allow you to help yourself Afterwards when you are feeling better consider talking through what there is to learn from the situation and telling your employer what your needs are for the future If you are worried about your mental health or other people are expressing concerns you may want to get professional help If you work for a large organisation you may have access to an occupational health service However you may prefer to talk to your own GP or a counsellor You may need time off work You are as entitled to take time off work for a mental health issue as you would be if you had any other health problem Stress One in five people experiences workplace stress with half a million people reporting they have become ill as a result If you have a job that challenges you you should expect to feel some pressure at work However when that pressure is excessive and you suffer an adverse reaction to it it has become stress Stress can have a negative impact upon your mental health Legally your employer must take care of your health and safety when you are at work and this includes your mental health Typical causes of work related stress include poor communication a bad working environment and skills not matching those that are needed for the job Stress can also be triggered by events away from work such as bereavement money worries and illness NHS Choices has devised a short test to help you find out if your job is leading to stress It will provide you with a short assessment useful guidance and links to get further information Mind has a quick guide and a more in depth guide to managing stress Bullying Workplace bullying occurs when someone persistently acts in a discriminatory way towards an employee which hurts criticises or condemns them Being bullied or harassed at work can make people feel stressed unhappy and unwell Mind s booklet on How to deal with bullying at work may help you if you think

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-and-work/work (2016-02-16)
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  • Looking for work :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    working has on their entitlement to benefits Flexible working is when your pattern of working is adapted to take account of your needs For example you might work staggered hours starting and ending your working day at different times to fit in with other commitments or you might job share which means that you would share a job with another person Applying for jobs Once you have decided what kind of work you would like to do you will need to complete an application form or send a curriculum vitae CV which summarises your work history and your skills and experience Job description and person specification When an employer wants to recruit a new member of staff it usually produces a job description which sets out what the job is and a person specification which describes the skills abilities and experience required by the person who is going to do the job When you apply for a job employers may send you a job description and a person specification in addition to an application form This will help you ensure that you have a better understanding of the job and whether you have the qualities and skills needed to do it Your skills and experience Your mental health experience may have provided you with skills that are valuable to an employer For example you may have become more sensitive to other people s situations and problems and more able to see things from their perspective which would help you work with and relate to different types of people You may have developed your problem solving skills or your diplomacy skills Perhaps you have found you have a creative side or a skill previously unknown to you Telling an employer about your mental health There are advantages and disadvantages to telling your employer about your mental health On most application forms you are asked to tell the employer if you have a disability Many people with a mental health condition do not think of themselves as disabled but they may have their rights supported by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 DDA Mental illness is classed as a disability under the act which means that an employer should not treat someone less favourably because of their mental health issue without a justifiable reason If someone has a mental illness which has a substantial adverse and long term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities then they are likely to be covered The act also covers people who have had a disability in the past and considers the effects of an impairment on a person For example someone with a mild form of depression with only minor effects may not be covered while someone with severe depression with substantial effects on their daily life is likely to be considered as disabled under the act Advantages If you declare that you have a disability you may be automatically given an interview as many organisations are trying to increase the

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/mental-health-and-work/looking-work (2016-02-16)
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  • Pathways to Work :: Mental Health and Work :: Signpost UK
    Plus and a range of other organisations Jobcentre Plus is the government s agency which supports people of working age to get work and helps employers to fill their vacancies If you are aged between 18 and 60 and make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance or incapacity benefits you will automatically be considered for Pathways to Work This applies if you are claiming for the first time or are claiming again after a break in receiving benefit Even if you are not automatically considered you can still apply for help from the Pathways to Work programme if you are entitled to certain benefits because of your health condition or a disability Work focused interviews In the first seven months of your claim you will usually be invited to six work focused interviews Your interviews will be with a personal adviser whose role is to help you to remain focused on your ability to work help you develop a personal action plan to help you get the job you want discuss work opportunities with you explain the support that may be available to address those things that may be causing a problem for you such as managing debt tell you about any financial benefits you may be entitled to once you start work work out how much better off financially you would be in work Attending and taking part in the interviews is a condition for receiving the full amount of benefit The Condition Management Programme The Condition Management Programme aims to help people to manage their health condition or disability so that they can get back to work It uses the principles and approach of cognitive behavioural therapy Health professionals deliver the programme and will tailor it to meet your needs If you are being supported by the

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