Improving employment outcomes
Work in Progress is a UK-wide campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the challenges to employment faced by people with depression and drive policy initiatives that support improved outcomes across the UK. It is supported by partners across the UK - Depression Alliance, Action on Depression, Gofal and AWARE. The campaign is sponsored by Lundbeck within the guidance of the ABPI code of practice.
As part of Depression Awareness week, the Work in Progress campaign, sees the launch of a new report from Depression Alliance, Action on Depression, Gofal and AWARE, organisations representing each part of the United Kingdom, Work in Progress: Improving employment outcomes for people with depression.
It is estimated that one in every six people of working age will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common. Since 2009, the number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24 percent, and the unemployment rate for people with a common mental health conditions such as depression is double that found among the general population.
In light of these challenges, the report sets out recommendations on what policies could be put in place to support improved employment outcomes for people with depression. The event will be hosted by James Morris MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health.