What is work support?

Don't worry. You're not alone

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What is work support?

You may be struggling at work or you may be signed off sick as a result of work related stress or difficulties with physical health. We can help you manage your sickness absence and help you get back to work. We are also able to speak to your employer on your behalf should you wish.

How are you feeling?

We understand that when you are going through a hard time in life, it can affect your ability to work. Your experience will be completely unique, but if you are thinking of accessing work support, you may be feeling:

  • Low
  • Tired
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Anxious
  • Unable to manage and organise your work
  • Tearful
  • Confused
  • Upset

Who does it affect?

Work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for 44% of work-related ill health, so please be assured that you are not alone. Anyone can be affected by work-related stress, regardless of age, wealth or job type, and you should not feel ashamed if you feel unable to cope.

How can TALKWORKS help?

We are here to help you. We provide independent and impartial advice and we can support you with:

  • Managing your sickness absence
  • Meetings with managers and staff
  • Returning to work after time off
  • Exploring reasonable adjustments
  • Managing workload and tasks to help reduce anxiety
  • Advice on occupational health appointments and more
  • Helping you to find appropriate local sources of work, or signpost you to learning and volunteering opportunities
  • Helping you identify your skills, strengths and experience that could apply in a variety of jobs
  • Providing you with information, advice and guidance on local employment

We are here to provide information, guidance and practical support about all aspects of employment for people engaged with TALKWORKS.  Our focus is on your individual needs and interests, at all times. We also work closely with many other services that provide advice, information and help in finding and staying in employment. We are not an employment agency or a job broker, and seeing us will not affect any entitlement to benefits that you have.

To get in touch with us:

complete our online self-referral form 

If you prefer, you can speak to us over the phone, or you can make an appointment with your GP to discuss how we can help.

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I could not fault the service I received. I was listened to and given so many different resources to help my anxiety and depression. I was so very low a year ago but with the amazing support from my therapist I feel more and more myself every day. Thank you TALKWORKS.

I was apprehensive about using the service thinking I wasn't "bad" enough but a talk to the cardiac group by a TALKWORKS practitioner gave me confidence to self-refer. I was referred with respect and taken seriously throughout, felt safe and was given tools and advise to help myself take control of my situation. 

Mood Quiz

How are you feeling?

Take our Mood Quiz to help you understand if how you’re feeling is affecting your mental wellbeing. The self-assessment quiz is not designed to replace a consultation with your GP or other healthcare professional. However, if after taking the quiz you have concerns about your mental wellbeing please get in touch with us and we can help you or alternatively, contact your GP for an appointment.