Current activities MCAN has evolved into a network for sharing experiences and good practice, and the simple reassurance of meeting and talking to others involved in similar work.Two years on we have the MCAN link for sharing information and updates.52 per cent of employers have never hired anyone with a history of mental illness Doctors are not doing enough to help people with mental health problems return to work, according to a survey of more than 600 employers.
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Another 25 per cent said it was neither good nor poor and 18 per cent did not express an opinion.
The Department for Work and Pensions is currently investigating ways of improving the support offered by GPs.
I was surprised to find that there wasn't anything - evidence of how little work had previously been undertaken in this field and so I decided to investigate the setting up of an AGCAS group.
I had already heard a few names bandied about of AGCAS members already working in medicine, so made approaches to all of them, put in a bid to AGCAS and MCAN, the Medical Careers Advisers Network, was born.
Yet 61 per cent of those who had hired people with mental health problems reported a “positive experience” said CIPD/KPMG.
Caroline Flint, minister for employment, said: “Mental health problems cover a broad range of issues from stress and depression to more serious illnesses such as schizophrenia.
I am always grateful that the group is so supportive that asking questions - even if they are the ‘I probably should know this but I don't' kind of questions.