Factsheet: Employment & Mental Health

This factsheet is available in a downloadable PDF here. 

Within Edinburgh there are 6 different organisations that provide support for people with mental health problems to get back into a working environment.

Not everyone will be ready or able to move directly into paid, mainstream employment so these organisations offer a broad range of options.

There are opportunities for anyone wishing to move directly into mainstream employment but looking for some help and guidance on how to best achieve this.

Alternatively you may prefer a preparatory stepping stone towards this goal that lets you "test the water" before making a commitment and this is also catered for.

For some people who want to be involved in meaningful occupation but without the pressure and expectation of a paid position we have alternatives to mainstream employment available.

All 6 organisations listed below work closely together and either one will be able to advise on the options available to you.

Occupational Therapy Horticulture

Ruth Barr

Project Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Morningside Terrace
Edinburgh EH10 5HF

0131 537 6711, [email protected]

Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Unit

Kerry Robertson/ Carolyn Atkinson

Ballenden House,
28 – 30 Howden Street,
Edinburgh, EH8 9HL

0131 536 9469

[email protected]

[email protected]

Work Training Project

Maria Cavin / Carolyn Atkinson

5 Cambridge Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 2DY

0131 536 8665

[email protected]

[email protected]

Redhall Walled Garden (SAMH)

Jan Cameron

Tel: 0131 443 0946

97 Lanark road,
Edinburgh EH14 2LZ

Forth Sector – Social Firms

Janet McLean


11 Harewood Road,
Edinburgh, EH16 4NS

0131 659 4710

[email protected]


Cheryl Tudor

Methodist Central Hall,
2 West Tollcross,
Edinburgh, EH3 9BP

0131 228 3411

[email protected]


Fiona Ross or Isobel Campbell

Tel: 0131 557 0718

The Stafford Centre,
103 Broughton Street,
Edinburgh EH1 3RZ

Open Employment Scheme

Duncan McArthur

Tel: 0131 525 8040

Building 4,

5-7 New Parliament House,
Regent Road,
Edinburgh EH7 4BL

Edinburgh Volunteer Centre Sarah Cleary

Tel: 0131 225 0630

[email protected]

45 Queensferry Street Lane,
Edinburgh EH2 4PF

Related Services

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  • Support in mind Scotland
    Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness. This includes those who are family members, carers and supporters.
  • Careers Scotland
    ...provides a starting point for anyone looking for careers information, advice or guidance.
  • Job Centre Plus

    Jobcentre Plus is a government agency supporting people of working age from welfare into work, and helping employers to fill their vacancies.  We are part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and play a major role in supporting the Department’s aim to ‘promote opportunity and independence for all through modern, customer-focused services’.

    Our aims

    Our key objectives are to:

    • Increase the effective supply of labour by promoting work as the best form of welfare and helping unemployed and economically inactive people move into employment
    • Work towards parity of outcomes for ethnic minority customers
    • Pay customers the correct benefit at the right time and protect the benefit system from fraud, error and abuse
    • Provide high-quality and demand-led services to employers, which help fill job vacancies quickly and effectively with well-prepared and motivated employees
    • Help people facing the greatest barriers to employment to compete effectively in the labour market and move into and remain in work
    • Improve continuously the quality, accessibility and delivery of services to all customers
    • Ensure that people receiving working age benefits fulfil their responsibilities while providing appropriate help and support for those without work
    • Increase Jobcentre Plus’ overall productivity, efficiency and effectiveness
  • College of Occupational Therapists
    The British Association/College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapy staff in the UK.
  • NHS Lothian Site
    NHS Lothian Website

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