This week saw the launch of Work Aid, our new monthly support service for individuals with mental health problems living within the Bradford District. This exciting free service has been funded by the Bupa UK Foundation and has been designed to help those transitioning back into employment, or those at risk of falling out of work due to mental ill-health.
Bradford is one of the most deprived areas of the UK and there are estimated to be over 100,000 people suffering from mental ill-health in the district. Mental ill-health represents the largest single cause of disability in the UK and with less than 30% of those with severe or enduring mental health problems in work, it’s estimated that mental ill-health costs the UK economy £105 billion each year.
Work Aid will provide the extra help people need to stay well at work in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. This new way of supporting individuals will aim to create community networks to build resilience, provide preventative on-going support and give people experiencing mental health problems the best possible chance of retaining employment and remaining well.
The service will run one session per month from two locations, one at Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford city centre and one at our main site in Shipley. Each session will begin with a free meal, followed by a presentation and discussion on a topic designed to help individuals manage their health and wellbeing in work. The sessions will conclude with 30 minutes of peer support, where individuals will have the opportunity to discuss problems they may be experiencing either in work or when returning to work after a period of sick leave.
For more information and to book onto the next Work Aid session click here.