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HRM CA | 20 Jan 2016, 08:00 AM Agree 0
In a worrying new study, nearly two thirds of employees who suffer from depression say they don’t feel supported in the workplace.
  • Harold A. Maio | 20 Jan 2016, 08:14 AM Agree 0
    ---73 per cent believe there is a negative stigma around depression

    I doubt that.
  • Jeannie McQuaid | 20 Jan 2016, 09:54 AM Agree 0
    "The survey also revealed that 74 per cent wouldn’t feel comfortable talking to their manager about their issues while 64 per cent wouldn’t give ‘depression’ as the reason for calling in sick."
    I wonder how many of these people have actually self-stigmatized their mental health issues. I have a case in progress here with an employee who has gone on leave and has refused all outreach from the company and co-workers. The support is there, the employee is "ashamed" to take it.
  • Harold A. Maio | 20 Jan 2016, 03:53 PM Agree 0
    Prejudice has its greatest effect when the victim internalizes and self-practices it. It takes great strength of character not to do so in the face of the constant iteration of that prejudice.

    The iteration of the "stigma" of mental illnesses is so common as to be defended by many of its claimants.

    One need only follow the Canadian press to see its constancy and many sources there.
  • Deborah Turner-Davis | 21 Jan 2016, 03:34 PM Agree 0
    What details are available about the study; size, study method etc. I'm curious to know how many participants in how many workplaces contributed to the data referenced here.
  • Justin Hemworth | 27 Jan 2016, 04:17 PM Agree 0
    As a person with mental illness I am afraid I will be scrutinized if my management was aware of my condition. That they will look at my job performance of even just the way I dialogue and see it as proof that I can't do my job.
  • Joe Labranche | 01 Feb 2016, 04:47 PM Agree 0
    Mental illness is still challenging for management, the employee and HR Services. We have more information which certainly helps however survey or no survey, being in HR, I have yet to see a manager not stigmatizing mental illness unless they had personal experience. To avoid any legal issues, they follow policies and labor relations advise which becomes more about the process than the individual. I unfortunately agree with Justin as the unspoken reality of managing/leading employees with mental illness still has a depreciative approach The harder it is to understand the illness and the impact on the individual and the job, the more we see the attention to the employee's performance increase.
    I would be very interested in knowing the direct impact of declared mental illness on career opportunities, layoffs, promotion, salary increase, engagement, performance reviews, etc. To collect information on the views and experiences of the employee and his/her supervisor on how the «mental illness»; deals, thinks, experiences, manages, could be very illuminating and might reveal more specifically what we need to focus on within our own organization.
    Being politically correct with the employee is very different than how it is being experienced. Managing with genuine compassion, intent and consideration is still a real challenge. The unseen part of the iceberg!!
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