It has been proved that the stigma of mental illness often has a greater impact on people’s employment prospects than physical disability or illness, Australian researchers reported.
The study, commissioned by WISE Employment, a not-for-profit organization aimed at empowering job seekers to find meaningful work, revealed that mental illness, even in today’s supposed period of apparent enlightenment, continues to be a serious obstacle to employment.
The study was commissioned as part of Mental Health Week, which started on Sunday. The researchers explained that one in every five Australian adults has been affected with some kind of mental illness during the last 12 months.
While, the main barrier to employing people who have had or have a mental illness is simply ignorance – or lack of understanding, said Matthew Lambelle, from WISE Employment.