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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych response to Stevenson Farmer Review

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “This review is a welcome step towards addressing discrimination against mental illness in the workplace, and offering employers practical ways in which to minimise the problem. When faced with the enormous financial cost of such a loss of labour, it is hard to believe businesses can afford not to support their employers.

 

“While it is good to see that several large companies are taking steps to address this issue, we must also remember that many of those with long-term mental health problems may be working for small and medium size businesses that may need additional support and resource to bring about positive change.

 

“We also know that not enough is being done to facilitate a person's return to work after having suffered from mental illness. Clinicians, employers and staff must work together to create activities tailored to each to ensure that a successful return to work is possible.”


For further information, please contact:
 
Hannah Perlin
Senior Communications Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2738
 
Nick Hodgson
Media Manager 
Telephone: 0203 701 2593
 
Twitter: @rcpsych
 
Out-of-hours contact number: 07860 755896

 

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