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Spilt Milk: Episode 14

By Leanne Simpson

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A flashback to the day I interviewed for my current job, and why I choose to disclose my mental illness during the interview process.

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Carolyn2
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The more we talk about this with employers, the less it will be stigmatized. Good on you, Leanne!

Marianne
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Way to go Leanne!

Gary
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Good for you Leanne. I informed my employer about my depression and was told it is not an excuse to miss work, because people show up to work everyday that suffer from depression and she expected nothing less of me.

@jcom_to
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It is unattainable with disclosure of medical, and have you tried admitting after being hired, yes here is my SIN, health care no, license and oupss nothing on paper for diagnosis because can’t afford care.

When you fall from a ladder and can not get up who will fill the bureaucratic demands for your care. Employers see illness as a cost in insurance , (overhead). Do you like paying more taxes for sidewalks in industrial area’s? Calgary made municipal law for length of time reef to a death on streets limited. Now ask employee’s if they like sidewalks to get to work, and ask employer same.

KarenF
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Interesting chat. I’ve been contemplating discussing mental illness at my workplace but am apprehensive about how it would be received. At first I thought no one I know discusses any illness at work but the more I thought about it I realized I’m wrong. I’ve heard lot of people talk about their colds or flus, bad backs or sore necks, if they have to go to a doctor’s appointment, or if they need to go for tests at the hospital. Not many people get specific because it’s unprofessional to discuss medical issues in the general office workplace. But if something was bothering an employee and making it challenging to do their job then why not disclose that to a supervisor or boss? If my shoulder or back was hurting then I might disclose that with hopes of finding a more ergonomic solution to my work station. Could the same approach apply to my anxiety illness? Something for me to consider.

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