You Don’t Have To Declare Your Mental Illness When Applying For A Job

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According to a study done by the Institute of Mental Health last year, one in seven people in Singapore has experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime. Yet, a 2016 study showed that more than three-quarters of people with a mental health condition in Singapore did not seek any professional help—this was described as a “treatment gap”.

In 2014, a nationwide study examining mental health literacy by the Institute of Mental Health found that a majority of people believed that those with mental health issues could just get better if they wanted to. This misconception can prevent those who need help from coming forward. But when IMH opened their Mental Health Helpline to the public in 2015, call numbers surged by 70%. So clearly there is a need to discuss this more openly.

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Some of the greatest difficulties facing those with mental health issues are mistrust and fear—and these are often unfounded.

Some are afraid that they would have to declare their condition to a prospective employer if they sought treatment, and this might affect their chances of securing a job interview. This is false.

According to the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), an employer should not ask about one’s mental health condition in a job application form.

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If you come across a job application form that appears unfair or discriminatory, you can report it to TAFEP.

Apart from this, here are 10 common misconceptions about mental health, which can prevent those who need it from seeking help. The animals are just there to remind you to show a little compassion. You wouldn’t treat them any differently right?

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If you or anyone you know feels down and wants to talk about it, don’t wait. These helplines in Singapore are here to help:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 6389 2222
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800-221-4444
  • Silver Ribbon: 63861928, 67424190, 63853714

Read other Mental Health stories here:

9 Local Celebs And Their Battles With Depression And Other Mental Health Conditions

Korean Celebs Who Are Battling Depression, Anxiety And Other Mental Health Conditions

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Text: Karen Fong
Additional text: Hidayah Idris

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