ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has urged employers to do all they can to help staff with mental health problems back into work.
Mr Danczuk was speaking at an event organised by the Rochdale branch of disability organisation Remploy to mark World Mental Health Day.
The session brought employers and jobseekers together to discuss the barriers people suffering from mental health problems can face when coming back to work or looking for a new job.
Opening the event, Mr Danczuk said: “A few months ago I decided to go public with the fact that I had been suffering with depression.
“I felt it was important to do that because it is not something that people are normally willing to talk about.
“But the truth is that anybody can suffer from mental health problems and that’s why I think it is so important that we have a day to focus on these issues.
“When it comes to Mental Health Problems, being in work can be something that really helps. I know that keeping busy and being motivated certainly works for me.”