Employment Support

We can help you move into employment, training or education, or support you to thrive in the workplace.

At Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is happy to be working alongside Hull City Council on a new project to support individuals and employers in Hull. Our brand new Work Well service is here to help individuals to improve their mental health, raise aspirations, and to achieve their personal goals. This includes helping young people aged 16-24 into to education, training or employment, helping people already in work to improve their mental health and retain their employment as well as engaging with local employers to help make mental health a priority in the workplace, by providing training and resources.

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    Start in work

    Are you aged between 16-24? Are you looking to go into employment, training or education? We can help.

    We know that starting work for the first time can be daunting, especially if you are struggling with poor mental health. You might be worried that your mental health will affect your job, or you may be stressed that starting work will impact on other things happening in your life. We also know that the pandemic has affected everyone in some way.

    If your mental health is making it hard to find a job, or access to education or training opportunities, we can help. Our skilled workers are here to help you unlock your full potential. If you are aged between 16-24 years, and not in employment, get in touch. You may be experiencing depression, anxiety and stress, or you may be living with a long term mental health condition – but this doesn’t define your future.

    Our team will help you get into work, volunteering and education or simply support you to find some purposeful activity that may lead to future work. Support can be offered for up to three months, and this can take place in a community setting or at your home. Whichever you prefer. Our support is tailored around you. We will strive to raise your aspirations, confidence and self-esteem and help you to live a more fulfilling life, filled with opportunities. In addition to our general support, we can also help with:

    ● One to one employment support, advice and guidance
    ● Personalised action plans
    ● CV writing
    ● Support to complete job applications
    ● Help to find suitable opportunities/vacancies
    ● Interview skills
    ● Engaging with potential employers

    Stay in work

    Are you struggling to manage your mental health in the workplace? Do you want to thrive at work? We are here for you.

    Many people find that working is good for their mental health. A job can help you look after your mental health by providing a source of income, a steady routine and structure and opportunities to contribute and gain skills. The pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to working age adults. Maybe you are still working from home, struggling with work life balance or anxious about returning to normal life. It is OK to feel this way, and we are here to help.

    At times your work may be affected by your mental health and it can lead to feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. You might even think that your mental health is making you feel at risk of losing your job.

    Our team will help you to stay in work. This will include working with you, and your employer if you wish, to break down potential barriers and to help you achieve your employment goals. Support can be offered for up to three months, and this can take place in a community setting, workplace, or at your home. Whichever you prefer. Our support is tailored around you. We will strive to raise your aspirations, confidence and self-esteem and help you to live a more fulfilling life, filled with opportunities. In addition to our general support, we can also help with:

    • One to one employment support, advice and guidance, including suitable coping strategies
    • Personalised Wellness Action Plans (WAP)
    • Engaging with your employer if you require us to do so
    • Support with returning to work following absence
    • Agreeing upon reasonable adjustments
    • Support to find alternative employment

    Recruit to work

    1 in 6 people will experience poor mental health at work. We can help you to make mental health a priority in your workplace.

    Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence to suggest that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are far more productive. For most businesses, we know that there is often a lack of knowledge or resources that can prevent them from taking action – but it doesn’t have to be this way. We can work with you to ensure that your employees are happy and healthy – resulting in higher productivity and lower absence rates. Hull and East Yorkshire Mind can help you make mental health a priority. Paying attention and showing commitment to workplace wellbeing has never been more important.

    Did you know that:
    ● Poor mental health at work is the leading cause of sickness absence.
    ● A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to poor mental health in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.
    ● The cost for poor mental health at work is approximately £1,300 for every employee in the UK economy.
    ● The average cost to recruit someone new is £3,000

    Our skilled team will work with you to help implement employer and employee focused interventions. This will include an assessment of need in order to identify opportunities for improving employee mental health and working with you and the wider workforce to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing at work. We can also provide training and resources such as:

    ● Face to face support
    ● Specific mental health training such as Mental Health First Aid
    ● Skills building for managers
    ● Training on how to have conversations about mental health
    ● Employee access to our Workplace Stress Programme
    ● Specialist information and advice

    Job Retention Support

    Our Job Retention Support is for people who are at perceived or real risk of losing their job or being unable to work due to poor mental health. Our experience tells us that these are likely to be people who have been experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems for an extended period of time. Trying to retain your job when you have poor mental health and cannot find appropriate support can be a very distressing, challenging and lonely experience.

    Staying in employment is often crucial to people – not just from a financial perspective – but also in relation to being able to maintain self-esteem and confidence, as well as enjoy positive social networks and feel a sense of value in society.

    Helping people to achieve these goals, feel valued and lead happy, healthy lives is what we are passionate about and why we feel that our Job Retention Service is so important.

    We support people to develop coping strategies, change negative behaviours or thinking and build resilience and confidence so that they can maintain their employment or return to it after a period of sickness. We can engage with employers offering mediation and advocacy support with the aim of addressing and resolving obstacles to improving the work /life balance.

    Alternatively if you wish to find another job we can offer you emotional and practical support, such as CV development, interview technique and confidence building.

    Support at work

    We know that employment or being involved in activities such as volunteering or training is an important part of mental health recovery. Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has a team of mental health specialists who can support you in work.

    We can help you to retain your employment if you are or think you are at risk of losing your job due to your mental health. We can work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

    If you feel it would benefit you, we can also work with your employer. This could include mediation, training, and support with returning to work as well as helping them to understand your personal experiences.

    Our employment support service aims to build your confidence and self-esteem.

    The support is tailored to your individual needs. We work with you at a pace that suits you so that you are able to retain your employment.

    Support can include:

    • Regular one to one support, advice and guidance
    • Develop an action plan to achieve your workplace goals
    • Help to rebuild relationships where conflict has arisen
    • During sickness absence keep clear lines of communication open between you and your employer
    • A variety of peer group workshops and courses to support you to manage your wellbeing at work, to help reduce instances of sickness.

    If you would like more information please get in touch on 01482 240200 or email [email protected]

    This project is funded by The Big Lottery Fund.


    Action Towards Inclusion

    Action Towards Inclusion is a £7.4 million project being delivered in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, which is part of the national Building Better Opportunities. This is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund. Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will be working in partnership with other organisations to deliver Action Towards Inclusion.

    It aims to offer long-term holistic support to people who unemployed and experiencing difficulties are relating to health, social exclusion and financial issues. Support is available to improve employability skills and volunteering/work experience, this will enable participants to move closer towards job-search, training, education and employment.

    Up to 2019 the project has received up to £193,050 of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The project has recently been awarded a further £160,210 of funding from the above awarding bodies to provide further support for the next three years up until 2022.

    The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding