Remploy, the provider of specialist employment services for people with disabilities and health conditions, has seen a “significant increase in referrals” over recent months, chief executive Beth Carruthers said in a statement today.
That did not necessarily mean there was an increase in mental health issues, a company spokesman said, but rather that the government-funded service was becoming better known.
Carruthers added: “Its success stories are a big factor in that.”
She said since the service launched in December 2011, more than 1,700 people who were at risk of losing their jobs because of mental health conditions had completed Remploy’s six-month work-based support programme and were still in work – a 93% success rate, according to the statement.
The statement went on to say the company had secured at two-year extension to its contract to deliver the Workplace Mental Health Support Service in England, Scotland and Wales.
In a separate announcement today, the company said it had helped more than 1,900 people with a disability or health issue via its online employability service iRemploy, which was launched in April.
In addition to services offered at Remploy branches, the website provides online workshops and community forums and an instant messaging service with advisers.