Is there something you really wish you could tell your boss right now, but instead you are holding it in? Well, you aren’t alone. Navigating the relationship between you and your employer can be tricky. It isn’t as easy as speaking what’s on your mind without filtering anything. The fear of reprimand for saying the wrong thing is real. So we bite our tongue instead of saying what we need to say. A lot ends up getting swept under the rug.
In a recent article from the Toronto Star "Doctors' Notes: Work with your employers to cope with mental health issues", they discuss a recent study indicating that 61% of Ontario workers say they would disclose a mental illness to their boss, and 39% say they would not.
The biggest reason reported for not wanting to disclose a mental illness is that it would “hurt their careers” – do you agree? We would like to hear from you - please fill out our poll to share your opinion!
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health recently posted this very interesting and important article on employees perspectives on disclosing mental health problems to employers. The statistics are shocking – 38% of 2219 working adults in Ontario would not tell their employer about a mental health issue because they were worried it would affect their careers.
How do you feel about this number? Would you tell your employer? Reflecting on your work role – would you disclose to your employer? Why or why not?
Have a look at the article here: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/newsroom/news_releases_media_advisories_and_backgrounders/current_year/Pages/Would-you-tell-your-manager-you-had-a-mental-health-problem.aspx
We also know from data from the Mental Health Commission of Canada that 77% of working aged adults in Ontario wouldn’t even seek treatment for mental health issues due to stigma.
It is clear that stigma is the main issue here. We all have a responsibility as individuals to understand what mental illness is and treat people with respect and compassion, the way we would want others to be treated. Isn’t that the golden rule?
What can you do today to reduce stigma? Perhaps reflect on your thoughts around mental health, consider your language use, and perhaps share this article with a friend or colleague to spread an anti-stigma awareness.