If you’ve been off work a long time due to your mental health and are keen to get back into employment then we can help you succeed.
If you’re experiencing a common mental health problem such as stress, anxiety, or depression, and are worried about the impact this is having on your job then we can support you to stay in work.
If you’re an employer we can work with you to improve your workplace wellbeing and to support any employees with mental health problems you may have.
How we help
- One to one advice and support
- Support to find paid work, become self employed or set up a social enterprise
- Job coaching and in-work support
- Help to negotiate reasonable adjustments with your employer
- Easy route back to support.
We’re developing the service to make sure clients are at the centre of the support we offer. This means helping individuals to focus on their strengths, skills, values, aspirations and opportunities.
Our employment advisors are specifically trained to recognise and work with individuals with mental health problems and they concentrate on what someone can do rather on what they can’t. They work out of a number of local locations such as Bristol Mental Health hubs, community centres, libraries and GP surgeries.
We help individuals through one to ones, drop-ins, phone, online and email. Our teams are fully integrated with Bristol’s exiting mental health provision and mainstream employment services to make sure we’re all working together to provide joined-up and comprehensive support. We work closely with Job Centre Plus, Bristol City Council and major local employers to maximise the opportunities available to our clients.
Who we can help
Our service is available to people over the age of 18 with a mental health problem who live in Bristol.
We accept referrals made by mental health professionals from community mental health teams or other mental health support agencies. You can also self refer to our service or get in touch should another organisation signpost you to us.
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.
Part of Bristol Mental Health
We’re working in partnership with Mental Health Matters, Bristol Somali Resource Centre and Windmill Hill City Farm to maximise local opportunities and meet the needs of Bristol’s diverse communities.
Bristol Mental Health Employment Service is part of the new integrated mental health system in Bristol known as Bristol Mental Health. Find out more at: www.bristolmentalhealth.org