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HeadsUp provides support, advice and mentoring to people with common mental health problems to help them get back into the workplace after a period of long-term unemployment. HeadsUp is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

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We know that the idea of returning to work after a long absence can be really daunting. However, we believe that being in work or education can provide you with loads of amazing benefits such as a boost in self-confidence, purpose, an opportunity to make new friends and the chance to learn new skills.

Here at HeadsUp, we also believe that everyone has what it takes to return to employment or training and make a truly positive change to their life. We work with people who have been out of work for at least 12 months (or more than 6 months if you’re 25 or younger) and who suffer from common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. We work with you to develop your self confidence, resilience and well-being, as well as helping you with the practical aspects of finding a job.

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We don’t preach, we don’t judge, we just support and guide you through the process. And what’s more, the person who will be with you every step of the way has been in your shoes: our peer support workers have suffered from mental health problems and experienced long term unemployment themselves, meaning they can support you on your journey by drawing upon their own experiences.





 HeadsUp focuses on developing all the skills you need to return to work after a long-term period of unemployment. We know that as well as maybe needing help brushing up on skills for things like CV writing and filling in application forms, you might need support in preparing yourself emotionally for finding and maintaining a job.

Various elements of the programme will help you build your self-confidence, explore ways to improve and maintain personal resilience and discover your personal strengths.





 We feel it’s important for you to have someone who’s been in the same position supporting and guiding you through the process. You’ll work with a peer support worker (someone who has been in your shoes and have found their way back to work) who will help you brush up on your CV writing skills, assist you with looking for jobs and filling out application forms, and help you identify any training requirements you need to help you on your way. But more than that, they’ll be a listening ear for you to talk through any concerns you have and can share some of their experiences with you so you know you’re not alone.

The support will last for as long as you need it - even once you’ve secured a job role, your peer mentor will continue to support you in sustaining the changes that you’ve made.





 The three workshops you will attend as part of your HeadsUp programme will give you the time and space to explore how to prepare yourself emotionally for a return to work, and also understand what benefits being employed could bring to your life.

Your self-confidence may need a boost and you might find some of the exercises and discussions help you identify your personal strengths, and areas which might need a bit more focus. Led by extremely experienced trainers, the workshops are a chance for you to develop a personal plan that will support all the fantastic progress you’re making with your peer mentor.




 We will support you through the process by building your confidence and skills, helping you identify your personal strengths and find solutions to any obstacles that might be in your way. We’ll help you take control of your future, learn tricks to increase your personal resilience and achieve the positive changes you want to make.



 You’ll need to feel ready and committed to making positive changes to your life, but we’re here to work with you every step of the way, at a pace that suits you.

HeadsUp can work with people who:
• Have been unemployed or economically inactive for longer than 12 months (or longer than 6 months if you’re 25 and under)
• Live in Essex
• Have the right to work in the UK
• Have a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression
• Are ready to commit to making a positive change in their life

If you are not eligible for HeadsUp then we can help signpost you to a local service who can help you.


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