This topic covers the provision of primary care support for people with mental health issues who are at work or who are seeking work. It includes both support for employees within the general practice itself, and support for patients and the wider community.

Mental health issues are important in the workplace: it is said that one in six people in employment are having mental health problems at any one time. Employers have a key role in managing working conditions that can affect mental health, ensuring that people with mental ill health have the support they need, and taking appropriate steps to combat discrimination and stigma.

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed enormous pressure on healthcare services with staff, patients and their families being subjected to illness, trauma and stress. It is therefore important for managers and staff to be able to access suitable resources to support their mental health and wellbeing needs.

Related information can be found in the topics on Stress at Work and Occupational Health.

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