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Schizophrenia and employment

The Work Foundation has  published a report about the impact of schizophrenia on working life years.  Only 8%  of people with schizophrenia are in paid employment.  A preview of the findings was presented to a selective audience at parliament on 6 February 2013.

The report captures:
• the impact of schizophrenia, including quality of life and work capacity;
• societal attitudes that aid or prevent employment opportunities;
• interventions that may help improve labour market participation;
• policy recommendations

For more information please contact Anna Kharbanda, media officer  at The Work Foundation on or call 020 7976 3646.

Related Reports

Working with Schizophrenia: Germany
This report highlights the barriers experienced by people with schizophrenia in Germany to entering and remaining in the open labour market, and considers what can be done to overcome them. An Executive Summary of the report is available in English and German, the full report is available in English.

Karen Steadman
09 June 2015

Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion
Only 8% of people with schizophrenia are currently in employment. The report examines the impact of schizophrenia on an individual's ability to enter or remain in the labour market, outlining how such barriers can be addressed by policymakers, employers, healthcare professionals as well as those with the condition and their carers.

Professor Stephen Bevan, Dr Tyna Taskila, Karen Steadman, Jenny Gulliford, Rosemary Thomas and Andreea Moise
11 February 2013

Related Events

Mental Health and Work in the UK - the launch of the OECD Report
This report looks at how policy challenges around mental ill-health are being tackled in selected OECD countries, covering issues such as the role of the workplace, the institutions providing employment services for jobseekers, the transition into permanent disability and the capacity of the health system.

Mon, 10 February 2014
09:00 - 12:00

Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion
The Work Foundation offer a selective audience a preview of its report, which examines the impact of schizophrenia on an individual's ability to enter, or remain in work.

Wed, 06 February 2013
13:00 - 14:30

Related Blogs

Some weaknesses of the German vocational rehabilitation system from the practitioner perspective
Werner Höhl discusses the launch of The Work Foundation's report on Schizophrenia and Employment in Germany and highlights additional ways to improve vocational support in Germany. The text is available in English and German.

09 June 2015

Raising expectations - what can we learn from the German employment support system for people with disabilities? Lessons from our two reports
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09 June 2015

This World Mental Health Day let's support life
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10 October 2014

Good work is good mental health – getting the message to business leaders
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13 June 2014

A cautious welcome for Mr Clegg’s mental health challenge
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Professor Stephen Bevan
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Why I’m standing up for schizophrenia - Schizophrenia Awareness week 11-18th November
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11 November 2013

Mental health stigma and the media
I was in Poznan, Poland earlier this week speaking at an event with employers, psychiatrists, support workers and people living with schizophrenia. I was speaking about the UK experience of supporting people with serious mental illness to remain active at work, based on the research on schizophrenia we published earlier this year.

Professor Stephen Bevan
09 October 2013

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Many have commented on how this financial downturn has not resulted in the kind of high rates of unemployment of previous recessions. However, for people with disabilities and long term conditions the stagnant jobs market has meant that little progress has been made in recent years to address the shocking unemployment rate of just over 50 per cent.

Tom Pollard, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, Mind
23 July 2013

The future of mental health –from strategy to reality
What does recovery mean for people with mental health conditions? And how can we help overcome the barriers to recovery? This was the focus of the 'Mental Health: from strategy to reality' conference in Manchester last week.

Karen Steadman
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Mental illness is not synonymous with unemployment: The Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill
Small changes can make the workplace a more supportive and accessible place for someone with a mental health condition - the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill is a positive step forward.

Karen Steadman
12 February 2013

Schizophrenia and work - we need better support for those who can, but also for those who can’t
Perhaps the biggest barrier of all facing people with schizophrenia trying to get into jobs is stigma. We need to see a fundamental shift in attitudes across society.

Paul Jenkins, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness
11 February 2013

You don't need to run a mile when someone with schizophrenia applies for a job
We can address the myths that surround psychosis and support employers to see such individuals as real people with real skills to help those living with schizophrenia into work.

Robert Elston, Chief Executive of Status Employment
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Financial Times
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The Western Mail quotes the Work Foundation on the mental health awareness campaign
Article discussing how employers should be urged to focus on mental wellbeing of their employers.

The Western Mail
17 April 2014

The Work Foundation welcomes the creation of the 'task and finish' group
Commenting on today’s announcement by Paul Burstow MP and Sane that a ‘task and finish’ group has been created to better support people with schizophrenia to enter and remain in work, Karen Steadman, researcher at The Work Foundation, said:

Karen Steadman
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The Independent reports on our schizophrenia research
The Independent

The Independent
11 February 2013

Government must address severe discrimination and other barriers to employment for people living with schizophrenia
A new report on why employment rates for people with schizophrenia remain so low (8% compared to the national average of 71%) and how these can be overcome is published today (11 February) by The Work Foundation.

Anna Kharbanda
11 February 2013