In the workplace, many employers do not fully understand mental health problems and so do not know how to react to them or what adjustments to the workplace are needed. In these situations, many employers often choose to simply ignore the issue rather than actively try to support the person experiencing a problem.
What’s more, because mental health illnesses are considered ‘invisible’ and cannot be seen in the same way that a physical illness can, there is often a misunderstanding of how serious the conditions can be. People wrongly assume that because they cannot see anything is the matter on the outside the problem isn’t there.
There are also many myths about how mental health problems affect a person: people are unfairly labelle as’a schizophrenic’ or ‘depressed’ due to their diagnosis, when the condition is likely to only be a minor part of their identity.
These examples may be familiar to you and show that developing an understanding of mental health is key for all workplaces.