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It’s time to fundamentally rethink our attitude to mental health in the workplace

A recent survey showed that hiring managers are wary of taking on a member of staff with a severe mental illness. It's up to all of us to change that

By Gillian Connor  

With proper support, mental illness need not be an impedement in the workplace. Photo: PA [posed by model]

The fact that only 5 per cent of people with a severe mental illness like schizophrenia are in regular work is worrying—but it’s probably a statistic that few employers think is relevant to them and their workforce. Severe and complex mental health conditions exist “over there,” and affect “other people.”

There is an emerging and compelling economic case for being proactive about mental health in the workplace. But the economic case for…

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