Reduce stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking.
The stigma surrounding mental illness may also effect others’ impression of an individual’s capability at work. As a result, individuals with mental illness are more likely to be employed in low status or poorly remunerated jobs, or employed in roles which do not adequately match their skills or level of education. Such stigma in the workplace is likely to make individuals more reluctant to discuss any symptoms or difficulties they are facing, thereby delaying treatment or access to care and making it more unlikely that a workplace can become part of a rehabilitation process. A responsible workplace should make every effort to reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking and support for individuals and caregivers facing mental health difficulties.