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Should workers disclose mental illness at work?

Gabrielle Lis

Disclosing a mental illness has potential benefits (increased understanding, improved support) but it also brings real risk in the form of stigma and discrimination. Dutch research tackles the who, what, when and why of this common minefield.

Take home messages People who have a mental health condition value the authenticity that workplace disclosure brings. Disclosure has potential benefits, but it also carries real risks. Workers who disclose a mental illness may face stigma and discrimination at work. Human Resource (HR) professionals are acutely aware of these risks, which include being the subject of gossip and the butt of jokes. At times, HR professionals are responsible for t...

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