Mental health is a still a taboo subject I know that only too well having worked in the voluntary and paid sector, I have seen it first-hand. Here are some common misconceptions about about mental health.
- People with mental health problems cannot work, this is not true people with mental health problems can work with the correct support. To say they cannot work is a myth.
- Mental health problems are sometimes considered rare, this is not true in fact mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people.
Here are some other things I learnt about Mental Health through my work:
- Stigma still exists, friends and people often back away which makes the person feel isolated.
- People with mental health problems often face disciplinary action due to absence.
- There is often a reduced scope for promotion due to inability to make decisions and loss of performance due to inability to learn new procedures
- People with mental health issues often have timekeeping issues due to low mood in the morning again this can lead to disciplinary issues.
- Sometimes people with mental health find it hard to communicate for fear of being discriminated against.
- People are still often seen as mad because they have mental health problems, often they are bullied resulting with them taking time off as it makes them ill and vulnerable.
- Mental illness is the largest single cause of disability, in the UK.
- When I was recently volunteering, I learnt that a recent study showed that 37% of people with a mental health problem, are likely to conflict with their colleagues, 57% find it hard to juggle multiple tasks, 62% take longer, 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients. The study also showed that stress is the major first times cause of long term absence.
- Some forms of mental health may be classed as a disability under the equality act of 2010, if they “have a substantial effect on a person’s ability to carry out tasks and it affects their normal day to day activities”
- The equality act of 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to treat a disabled person less favorably and they will be covered under the act.
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Claudette is a passionate campaigner and activist for mental health stigma and domestic abuse. She believes that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their disability or gender. She has diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, endometriosis, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Claudette has a certificate in Management studies. Her interests include beauty, makeup, animals politics, current affairs and social networking.