Department of Health issues mental health support guidance

The Department of Health (DH) has issued guidance for employers on the adjustments they could consider making to support an employee with a mental health condition.

The guidance includes a range of practical advice and tips for employers, as well as links to other resources, with the aim of helping an employee stay in work and/or return to work.

The DH said one of the key messages from the guidance was that everyone’s experience of mental ill health is unique, meaning that people with a diagnosis of depression may have significantly varying symptoms and need different adjustments in the workplace than those with another type of mental health condition.

But at the same time, the person may be the expert on their condition and know their support needs.

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