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Stigma and the workplace: evening the playing field for those with a mental health diagnosis

Posted Sep 23 2011 2:09pm

In her eyes it was real simple.  “I have bipolar disorder, but I cant have it work.  If they find out they will fire me…”  Months later I saw her again.  “I got fired… They found out.”  Many, many people with mental health diagnosis have had similiar or worse experience.  They know the playing field for them is not even and never has been.

I have been asked to spread the word about a major initiative that will hopefully make some changes in this.  It will look at things like the effects of disclosing your diagnosis, the idea of leave as a reasonable accomadation, and the whole job application process. 

You have a chance to make a difference by sharing your experiences.  The Employment and Disability Council at Cornell University and the American Association of  People with Disabilities (AAPD) need for you to participate in  a survey, the results of will be used to help shape public policy.  SAMHSA is also involved in this effort.  The survey can be accessed by going to http://sri.cornell.edu/AAPD/SAMHSA_L   .  Please share your experience.

Please share this with anyone you know.  Make sure our voice is heard often and loud.  You do make a difference.


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