Worried about your mental health? - How to get treatment and support - Work
Can mental health problems affect work?
Having a mental health problem may make it more difficult for you to work. You may find it more difficult to complete tasks if your illness affects your concentration.
If you tell your employer that you have a mental health problem you may be entitled to reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010. Reasonable adjustments mean that your employer must put things in place to make it easier for you to do your job. For example, your employer could allow you to work flexibly.
It is up to you if you decide to tell your employer that you have a mental health problem. But your employer only has to give you reasonable adjustments if they know about your illness.
An employer should not ask you questions about your mental health during the application process or during the interview process unless you need adjustments to be able to attend the interview.
For some jobs you have to disclose your mental health to your employer. These jobs include doctor, nurse, teacher and social worker. If you are applying to study or are studying one of these professions you may also need to disclose your mental health.
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