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Mental health: NHS supports tens of thousands back into work

The NHS is helping over 40,000 people with mental health problems get back into work while health leaders look to steer more people towards NHS Talking Therapies.

As part of a country-wide pilot, the NHS is linking people with employment advisors who help with everything from writing CVs to setting career goals.

NHS England says that employment and mental health are “closely linked”. The provision of job support and therapy can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

By March 2025, NHS Talking Therapies will offer everyone accessing support to benefit from employment advice.

An awareness campaign encouraging people to sign up to NHS Talking Therapies kicked off today, with famous face such as TV presenter, Matthew Johnson, and influencer, Rehana Yasmin, lending their support.

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Today, three public displays featuring patient testimonies will be unveiled as part of the campaign.

People with mental health issues can “particularly struggle” during winter according to NHS England’s national mental health director, Claire Murdoch. Getting help via NHS Talking Therapies, however, can be one of the “best steps” to overcoming this.

Mental health minister, Maria Caulfield, said: “This is part of our ongoing work to transform our country’s mental health services, with up to an additional £2.3bn being invested annually by 2024 to expand services, so an extra two million people can get mental health support.”

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