Effects Of Employment On Mental Illness

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How Employment Affects Individuals with Mental Illness in America Mental illness has become more apparent in many american’s lives and affects individuals in so many aspects of their life. Finding employment can be a stressful time in life for any individual but when it comes down to individuals with mental illness, some find this a very challenging time. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) shares on their website that approximately one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year (NAMI). This is a large percentage and it is still expected that many of these individuals are responsible for finding work and providing for themselves financially. NAMI also shares that 26% of homeless …show more content…
Both employers and employees can struggle at times understanding how individuals with mental illness function and how they need to be treated. Little research has been done in this field specifically in the United States of America but we can examine research conducted in other countries that we can learn from. It is important that we take the time to reflect on work completed by others so that we can grow and expand on research. Commonalities found in previous research is that studies show there is difficulties in uncovering what specifically mental illness is. Since mental illnesses vary so much in severity, individuals must look precisely at specific cases and base judgement off of it.
Stereotypes Creating Barriers Perceptions and stereotypes are often created and create a barrier among employers and prospective employees with mental illness. A study was conducted in Portuguese that examined both perceptions and stereotypes about mental illness in the workplace. This study aimed to learn the different stereotypes that were being created by employers in Portuguese. The researchers used a translation of Attitude Scale for Mental Illness to evaluate individuals of 50 employers from mall textile
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This data revealed all history of allegation of employment discrimination stored and only unique allegations were included. One important finding of this study showed that “Rehabilitation counselors can take several actions to increase the probability of achieving the goals of the ADA in the workplace for people with psychiatric disabilities” (An,16). Discrimination among individuals of mental illness do take place in the workplace and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) has a running database to keep track of all records of discrimination in the workplace. This is being monitored but whether or not it has been acted upon is

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