An NHS helpline is offering free and confidential employment advice to people across London struggling with the cost of living crisis.
The Work Well Advice Line is run by Work Well, part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Callers can speak to a highly trained employment adviser who will help find the support they need.
Londoners can contact the Work Well Advice Line by calling 020 3228 2041 or requesting a free call back, or support by email, on their website: www.work-well.org.uk .
Claudette Thomas, Advice Line Co-ordinator at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust said:
“Whether you’re unemployed, facing redundancy, being bullied or harassed at work, or are just looking to take the next step in your career, we’re here to support you.
“We can help with any employment-related problem, and as part of your local NHS mental health service, we’ll also check in on your mental wellbeing and can signpost you to further support if you need it.
"We know the cost of living crisis is affecting people across the capital and good quality employment advice can make such a difference.”
The Work Well Advice Line launched at the beginning of the year as part of the South London Listens programme to support people’s mental health and has already helped hundreds of people facing a wide range of employment issues.
Adele Gardner, Employment Service Lead at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust said:
“The link between employment and mental health is widely recognised. We know that working in a stable and supportive environment is good for our mental wellbeing, while people who are unemployed or experiencing stress at work are much more likely to have poor mental health outcomes.
“The past few years have been tough for us all, mentally and financially. We urge anyone worried about their employment or financial situation to get in touch for free and confidential support.”
David Bradley, Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:
“As a founding member of South London Listens – a unique partnership programme to prevent a mental ill-health crisis - we heard first-hand how insecure work or unemployment was impacting the mental health of our communities. As NHS organisations we need to do all we can to break this cycle and prevent people from becoming unwell.
“I would urge people across London to make use of the Work Well Advice Line which is a fantastic source of support and expertise.”
South London and Maudsley, which is London Living Wage accredited, is supporting members of staff with the cost of living – including partnering with Money Helper from the Money and Pensions Service to offer a series of exclusive webinars.
Health and Social Care staff can also use resources on Keeping Well South East London which has a wealth of information and resources on mental health and financial wellbeing.
Work Well also provide free employment advice and resources on their website and social media. Visit www.work-well.org.uk or follow: