Workplace mental health – support available for employees via Access to Work

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can get extra help from Access to Work, including mental health support. 

Able Futures and Remploy deliver the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 

The service offers

  • employees and apprentices access to a mental health professional for up to nine months for personalised advice and guidance to help their mental health
  • help for the individual to understand and use a wide variety of tools and techniques which can support them in their journey to better mental health
  • advice on simple reasonable adjustments in the workplace that could be implemented to help individuals fulfil their role 
  • a step-by-step support plan for individuals to follow, helping them to get back on track
  • support provided in an appropriate environment, in respect of the individual’s wishes 

This service is a government funded programme which focuses on offering support to staff with their mental health and well-being concerns, it is confidential and free to use.

Eligibility

To access the service you need to:

  • be 16 years or over
  • have a contract of employment in place 
  • confirm that you are struggling with your mental health (diagnosed or not) and you feel that this is impacting you at work environment 

The DWP will confirm your acceptance on to the programme.

How to apply

These services are provided by Able Futures and Remploy. You can contact either organisation for help:

Information webinars

Abbigail Lineham will be helping us to promote and implement the programme on behalf of Able Futures. She will be delivering live webinars where people will have the opportunity to ask questions concerning the Workplace Mental Support Service.

The webinars will be promoted on the manager bulletin and we strongly urge all managers to take the time to attend one of these webinars. Click on a link to attend a webinar:

Sheffield Mental Health Guide

Sheffield Mind’s Mental Health Guide provides a ‘one stop shop’ of online information about mental health conditions, treatments and services, links to self-help resources and a comprehensive Directory of Services.

This site is easy to navigate and provides a range of comprehensive guides to staying healthy and well. In addition it also gives advice to follow when needing urgent help, i.e. when an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental health problems, especially stress, depression and anxiety are a significant cause of sickness absence within Sheffield City Council. Please inform as many people as possible about the Sheffield Mental Health Guide to ensure those experiencing mental ill health get good quality, up to date information about their mental health needs.Access the Sheffield Mental Health Guide