As we all know, mental illness is often negatively portrayed within society – the media, social groups, and yes, even in workplaces. It is often incorporated in our everyday language and referenced in a negative manner. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “crazy” or other similar ones being thrown around commonly within conversations.
Mental illness is an invisible illness that is often not well understood by the public. For example, “46 percent of Canadians think people use the term mental illness as an excuse for bad behaviour” and “27 percent are fearful of being around people who suffer from a serious mental illness” (CMHA, 2015b). Mental illness does not discriminate (it can be experienced by anyone), however, the workplace might.