The Thinkbox

Welcome to The Thinkbox. This is a place where each week we’ll ask your views on an issue related to stigma.

This week we’re thinking about mental health problems in the workplace and we’d love to hear your opinions.

When we carried out some baseline research into attitudes to mental health problems last year we found that while 2 in 3 people  believed that people with mental health problems should have the same rights as the rest of the population, only 46% believed this was the case when it came to employment rights.  That suggests that while people generally felt that we should all enjoy the same rights, attitudes become more negative when employment was considered. We also found that 48% of respondents would deliberately conceal a diagnosis from co-workers.

We’d like to know why attitudes to mental health problems in the workplace are so negative. What can be done to change this? Here’s an interesting advert from the Time to Change campaign in the UK on the subject. Please add your thoughts in a comment below.

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