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Supporting employees with mental health problems


What is our legal obligation?

What are reasonable adjustments for mental health?

Is our workplace making staff mental health worse and what can we do about it?

How should we manage underperformance?

How should we manage absence as a result of mental health problems?

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    • Advice and Guidance. What is reasonable? Equality and Human Rights Commission, July 2016 www.equalityhumanrights.com [accessed May 2017]
    • Harvey SB, Modini M, Joyce S, et al. Can work make you mentally ill? A systematic meta-review of work-related risk factors for common mental health problems. Occup Environ Med 2017;74:301–310
  • Produced by Clare Foster, freelance health editor, and Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Content, Bupa UK, September 2017
    Next review due September 2020

    Bupa UK expert reviewers:

    • Naomi Humber, Psychology Services Manager, EAP
    • Stuart Haydock, Resilience Lead, Health Clinics
    • Sarah Deedat, Head of Behaviour Change
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