Mentally ill people far less likely to be employed than their peers in Doncaster

People with mental illnesses in Doncaster are far less likely to be employed than their peers, figures suggest.

Monday, 6th September 2021, 1:38 pm
Updated Monday, 6th September 2021, 1:46 pm

Mental health charity Mind has called for more to be done to combat a striking national employment gap, saying hundreds of thousands of people with long term mental health conditions fall out of employment every year – many due to a lack of appropriate workplace support.

NHS Digital data shows that in March, the employment rate in Doncaster' s working age population was roughly 74 per cent.

But for those who were mentally ill, it stood at just 48 per cent.

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Mental health charity Mind has called for more to be done to combat a striking national employment gap

That means that the employment gap has narrowed since the year before, when 37 per cent of people with a mental illness were in employment, compared to 75 per cent of the general population.

Across England as a whole, just 51 per cent of people with a mental illness were employed in March, compared to 75 per cent of the working age population.

The figures are based on the Labour Force Survey – a study of people's employment circumstances – by the Office for National Statistics.

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Vicky Nash, Mind's head of policy, campaigns and public affairs, said unemployment and financial insecurity could take their toll on a person's mental health.

"People with mental health problems can thrive and make a valuable contribution to the workplace, but some staff will need additional support from their employer to reach their full potential.

"All too often a lack of understanding about employers’ legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 means that many disabled staff – including those with mental health problems – aren’t given the reasonable adjustments they need to excel in their roles.

"It's also really important those out of work are supported to find work suited to their individual skills and aspirations if and when they are ready."

Mind is calling for employers to become legally obliged to monitor and reduce health-related pay gaps and for Statutory Sick Pay to begin earlier to ensure ill employees do not work because they cannot afford time off.

A Government spokesman said SSP waiting days protect employers from the cost of short-term absences, and that many pay above the minimum level.

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