Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why are so few people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder employed? Supporting mental health must begin in the workplace - METRO

by Alice Evens
Originally published: September 19, 2017

The reaction of employers when they have discovered that I experience schizoaffective disorder has been wide-ranging. 

I have been marched unceremoniously from the premises when I became unwell in an office environment, but I also had a wonderful rare experience with a university HR department who understood the value of employing people from a diverse variety of backgrounds and who talked me through my fear of speaking to a lecture hall full of first year students.

Schizoaffective disorder is very similar to schizophrenia, but you also have mood elements like bipolar disorder.