Even though mental illness affects one in five adults — and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide — secrecy and stigma around the issue continue.
I'm an expert on mental health, and I have found that to dispel stigmas surrounding mental health in the workplace, researchers like me need first to tackle several myths.
This increases the victimization of mentally ill people, as it augments the suffering of those already afflicted by stigma.
Finally and sometimes fatally, the myth persists that speaking about mental illness increases stigma.
Stigma creates for people with mental illness conditions for social exclusion, employment discrimination, victimhood to violent crime and increased suffering, which can lead to self-stigma, poor self-care and greater depression and suicide.
Workplace interventions to interrupt the secrecy and stigma surrounding mental illness can be effective.