Eastbourne MP discusses employment and mental health issues

EASTBOURNE MP Stephen Lloyd met with representatives from Remploy in Parliament last week to discuss the issues faced by those with mental health problems, both in finding employment, and staying in employment.

At any one time, one in six members of the public is experiencing a mental health problem (ONS), with many finding it difficult to access and retain employment.

Remploy provides employment placement services for disabled people and others with barriers to employment across the UK.

Their aim is to transform the lives of disabled people and those who experience complex barriers to work by providing sustainable employment opportunities.

In December 2011 Remploy Employment Services began delivering Access to Work mental health support, the Government’s new service to help people with mental health conditions stay in employment as well as provide support in helping people get a job.

Mr Lloyd, “Mental health problems can affect any of one of us at any time. Without support and treatment, mental health issues can have a serious effect on the individual and those around them.

“With one in four people in the United Kingdom having a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime, it is vital we give them all the support possible to allow people who develop problems to continue to live as normal a life as possible.

“Remploy do an important job, and I am delighted the coalition government is making this additional investment in this area, and I will continue to do all that I can to support them in their work.”