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How work improves our wellbeing

In light of World Mental Health Day 2017's theme of 'workplace wellbeing', we spoke to WWTW Employment Programme Manager Amy Franklin about how employment and mental wellbeing go hand in hand.

Listen to what Amy Franklin, Employment Programme Manager at Walking With The Wounded has to say about how work improves mental wellbeing and the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) model that is being used by some of our Employment Advisors supporting ex-servicemen and women who are receiving support with their mental health, and who are also unemployed.

Work improves wellbeing. Research shows that people with severe mental health problems who find paid employment not only experience increased income, but also a change in self-identity, improved quality of life and reduced poor mental health symptoms.*

Individual Placement and Support (IPS), is an evidence based approach to helping people with complex health conditions into sustainable work. Put simply, it’s about providing a tailored service to get people into competitive paid employment and then support them for as long as they need.

There is now overwhelming international evidence that 'place then train' models – and IPS in particular – are much more effective than traditional approaches in successfully getting people into work.

Since 2015, Walking With The Wounded have been embedding IPS Employment Advisors into Veteran NHS mental health teams. We now have a network of 5 Employment Advisors working in Essex, Manchester and the West Midlands. They are embedded with the NHS clinical teams and work with ex-servicemen and women who are receiving support with their mental health, and who are also unemployed. So far we’ve secured more than 112 jobs with our IPS Advisors. Furthermore, from that 112, of the people who wanted to remain in touch with us, we know that over 85% of them retained continuous employment at 6 months. 

*Individual placement and support: From Research To Practice Miles Rinaldi, Rachel Perkins, Edmund Glynn, Tatiana Montibeller, Mark Clenaghan & Joan Rutherford. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (2008), vol. 13, 50–60