The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Able Futures

*Face-to-face appointments are suspended until further notice; however we are providing support on the phone, via email or video call. 

Staff Members can apply online or by calling 0800 321 3137 to register onto the program. Please see Poster HERE for more information.*

Tips on coping with anxiety and stress while COVID-19 affects us all.

Information on the importance of self-care during self-isolation.

Details of how Able Futures continues to deliver mental health support while COVID-19 changes the way we are working.

Ways you can access support and advice from Able Futures.

Who are Able Futures?

Able Futures is a nationwide specialist partnership set up to provide the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The aim of Able Futures is to help people living with mental health difficulties have more good days than bad ones. Consequently, the service is specifically designed to tailor help to people in work and in need of support managing their mental health.

It is a free Confidential service.

How Able Futures and the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service can help you

If you live with mental health difficulties, you know there are good days and bad days. You also know the bad days can affect you at work. You probably find it hard to focus or perform at your best.

The aim of Able Futures is to help you enjoy more good days. Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is a wide range of first-class support from qualified health care professionals. The service is fast, flexible and, best of all, there is no charge to use this service.

Through Access to Work Mental Health Support Service you can talk to a health care professional within one working day of signing-up. The support is built around you and your needs, and everything you discuss is confidential.

Enjoy more good days, call free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Access to Work Mental Health Support Service could be available to those who can answer yes to the following questions*:

  • Are you aged 16 or over?
  • Are you in/ about to start work?
  • Do you live in Great Britain?
  • Do you have mental health difficulties that impact upon your work?

* This list is not exhaustive and it is ultimately up to the Department for Work and Pensions Access to Work Mental Health Support Service adviser to determine eligibility. 

What Support Can I get

The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is designed around you, your needs and your daily routine. It is available over the phone, through email and face-to-face meetings.

What’s more, there is no waiting list for the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. So, once you have signed-up, you will get a call within one working day. 
Qualified health care professionals with experience of helping people with mental health difficulties provide support. They will listen to you to understand the difficulties you are experiencing. Then, they will do three things:

  1. Arrange a meeting at a time and place that suits you
  2. Plan support for six months, and additional ongoing support for a further three months should you feel you need it
  3. Direct you to additional support services you may find helpful.

For further information please see the leaflets below or visit the Able Futures website by clicking here.

Welcome pack

A5 Leaflet

A4 Poster

A3 Poster

Example Support Plan

Getting Good Sleep for Good Mental Health

Sleep is as essential to our bodies and our brains as eating, drinking and breathing.

We can all experience issues getting a good night's sleep and struggle to feel well if we have sleep problems. Our mental health can be affected if we don't get the sleep we need, and mental health problems can sometimes make it more difficult to get good sleep.

Able Futures, can help you understand what sleep does to your brain, learn how to develop a routine for good sleep and find help for mental health problems that are affecting your sleep or that are affected by a lack of sleep. Apply now for support with your mental health and sleep from Able Futures, at no charge to you. 

Click here for some videos to support your Sleep and Mental Health: