Stigma around mental health in workplace

by stephman on September 9, 2015 - 11:58pm

The article I read is called “Stigma of mental illness a 'disturbing' trend in workplace.” It is about how people with mental illness are treated at work by their coworkers and employers. In this article, they talk about how stigma over mental health issues has cost people their jobs. It talks about two specific people, David Newman and Kim Heidinger, in Manitoba. Both these people had awful experiences at work after being diagnosed with mental illness. David Newman who was diagnosed with schizophrenia was later hospitalized because he was paranoid when he would hear his coworkers ask if there was something wrong with him. Kim Heidinger was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and an anxiety disorder. After returning to work, she was excluded by her coworkers and was asked to work in a separate staff room. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission says that there are more and more complaints about dealing with mental health issues and that the stigma is getting worse.


In a society where everything is progressing and where it is so easy to access information, there should not be stigma around mental illness. Instead of trying to avoid people who are affected or watch them from a distance, people should just take the time to research information to see how they can help the situation. People are afraid of mental disorders but do not know much about them. We all statistically should know someone with a mental disorder. The government should be putting programs in place in schools and in workplaces to try to remove this stigma because 20% of Canadians will have a mental disorder at some point in their lives. We need to remove this stigma not only at work but everywhere. Since so many people are affected the stigma should not be getting worse, it should be disappearing. We need to make more of an effort collectively to help fight labeling. Living with mental illness is already hard enough that they should not have to live with the stigma around it too. 


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I agree with you that labeling a person can very much hurt them to the point of were they will be suicidal this must be stopped and instead people who are labeling should be forced to take an hour of there time to help that person in need of help. The government should take action by applying laws that put stigma away from workplaces and schools we're people with mental issues will have lots of issues. If people weren't such assholes in this world it would be a better place but sometimes you learn the hard way, what goes around come around, it may be just a saying but it will happen eventually.

As I was reading your post, I discovered a lot of information and found it very interesting on how people with mental illnesses are being treated. People with mental illnesses should never be treated any differently than other people. Millions of people around the world are suffering from mental illnesses and they are barely receiving support from colleagues at work. Personally, I agree with your post and there have to be changes. Should we exclude people who are diagnosed with mental illnesses? Should they be treated any differently? We can possibly solve this dilemma using a deontological approach. Deontology is described as following rules, if you are following them you are ethical and if your not, then you are considered unethical. It focuses on the nature of actions. According to Kant’s theory you must follow the universal law. The government should inform everyone, mainly teachers and employers to provide courses or teach them about not differentiating people who suffer from mental disorders. To add to your opinion, schools should offer programs to prevent mental disorders. Anyone can experience mental disorders such as schizophrenia; anxiety, depression and insomnia just to name a few. If people were to follow the rules and take these courses, we can hope for a positive outcome and hope less people suffer from mental illness. We all want change and hopefully this will bring us one step closer to achieving that.