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.
This is the link to the article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/stigma-of-mental-illness-a-disturbing-trend-in-workplace-1.2566484