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UK mental health support overhauled

8th December 2009

The government has announced an overhaul of support for people with mental health conditions.

Under the New Horizons: A Shared Vision for Mental Health initiative, those suffering from mental health problems will be given assistance to manage their conditions so they can stay in employment or get back into work quickly.

As part of the strategy, a network of mental health specialists will be established in every Jobcentre Plus district to coordinate local health and employment support offered to jobseekers.

In addition, nine occupational health advice lines will be launched to provide small businesses with guidance on how best to help employees with mental health conditions.

Yvette Cooper, work and pensions secretary, commented: 'We know that work is good for people and that's why we want to give everyone the support they need to stay in a job or get back to work.'

Health secretary Andy Burnham added that mental health issues are 'all too often shrouded in mystery' and are not afforded the same sympathy and understanding as life-threatening illness such as heart disease or cancer.

Last month, National Stress Awareness Day was held as part of efforts to educate workers on how to avoid common problems such as anxiety, depression and stress.

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