In this set of case studies, we set out examples of how our Occupational Therapists have helped people with mental illnesses, specifically with the aim of getting back to work. Research has shown that working can have a positive influence on our overall wellbeing and mental health, and that improved mental health treatment can be an effective way of helping people return to work.

Occupational Therapists can offer a wide range of assessments and treatment plans to help people improve their wellbeing and help enable them to achieve their full potential, not only in the workplace but in all their occupations.

Case 1

Kate, 36 years old, part time administrator, from West Midlands, was suffering from suicidal thoughts and a loss of morale and motivation at work which left her feeling directionless. An Occupational Therapist carried out a consultation and put together an ongoing treatment plan consisting of mindfulness training, goal setting and regular reviews. Following this plan, she felt more valued and supported again and more comfortable in her role. She was able to return to work with her previous hours following a phased return.

Case 2

Mike, 50 years old, engineer, from London. After some organisational changes in his workplace, Mike began to experience anxiety and a lower mood. An Occupational Therapist worked with him to create a vocational rehabilitation plan, involving both the employee and employer. Mike was able to return back to full time hours, feeling much more confident and capable while the employer created a more effective work space.

Case 3

Jonathan, an employer from London, wanted to help an employee who was suffering from depression remain at work. An Occupational Therapist facilitated his recovery via a treatment plan in his home environment where he felt most comfortable, including CBT, goal setting and regular reviews. Jonathan was able to retain his employee, whose productivity and ability to cope in the workplace improved.

Names and locations within these case studies have been changed to ensure the privacy of our service users.