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Mental health issues: Gen Y “more accepting” than older generations

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HC Online | 03 Oct 2013, 12:04 AM Agree 0
With mental health week kicking off on Monday, research has indicated Gen Y are more accepting than other generations.
  • Lovelle | 04 Oct 2013, 07:32 AM Agree 0
    Considering that mental illness is classed as a disability and protected under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, I find it disgusting that so many employers, especially the Baby Boomers, are not willing to even consider hiring someone with a mental illness without looking into reasonable adjustments that can be made or support available to both the employee and employer. No wonder so many people suffering from a mental illness do not feel comfortable disclosing this to potential employers, and as a result miss out on possible support available to them in the workplace. Working (in the right environment) can contribute greatly to improving someone's mental health so it is sad to see that so many people with a mental illness miss out on this opportunity.
  • Sebastian Harvey | 04 Oct 2013, 12:56 PM Agree 0
    'Mental Illness' is a very broad category. Some mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, can come and go. Others can be chronic and lifelong. Depending on how they are managed people with a mental illness can work very effectively. Support from an employer can go a long way (as it does when the illness or injury is physical). It is easy to confuse manageable mental illness with other psychological disorders. For example, it is generally regarded that a psychopath is not a mental illness but is rather a personality disorder and there is little understanding or agreement on how to treat such a disorder. It is not clear from the article here how mental illness was defined for those responding to the survey and whether disorders have been grouped with mental illness.
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