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Mental illness is one of the primary causes of disability worldwide. The implications for the workplace are enormous. Depression alone results in 200 million lost workdays in the United States annually. Compared with physical illness, however, mental health difficulties continue to be fraught with stigma. Not surprisingly, many employees won’t disclose their condition. Yet as science writer Roni Jacobson explains in Scientific American, discussing mental well-being in the workplace brings advantages to both employees and employers. Whether you have a mental illness or know someone who does, getAbstract thinks this article will be of interest.    

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many employees with mental health problems won’t tell their employers, and
  • How affected employees can help themselves and their employers by coming forward. 

About the Author

Roni Jacobson is a science journalist based in New York City who writes about psychology and mental health.



People suffering from mental illness commonly don’t tell their employers. Fearing that they may face discrimination or fail to get promoted, those affected often prefer to call in sick or find other excuses to conceal the true reason for their absence or behavior. Surveys validate these concerns: A 2010 poll in the United Kingdom found that 40% of employers considered hiring someone with a mental illness to be risky.

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