STIGMA & INCLUSION: Adam’s Story

The last stigma: Mental illness in the workplace

In this recent article published in the Contra Costa Times, you will find Adam’s story about the ways he has experienced mental illness stigma in the workplace.

One in five people suffered a diagnosable mental illness in 2011, yet the stigma around mental illness makes us not want to mention it to our employers or prospective employers.

Some employers might think a mental illness prevents you from meeting the criteria for the position. Others might let you go for taking time off for therapist appointments to the point of having your illness negatively impact performance. Being honest about your situation does not always work in your best interests.

In many cases it is a hands-off topic for employers because they aren’t sure how to deal with the issue and are worried about taking on employees with known mental health problems.

To read Adam’s story, click here.