BLOGMAS #14 | Mental Health, FIGHT the Stigma

Mental Health – FIGHT THE STIGMA

Hello lovelies! A little bit more of a serious kind of post today….

So, I was having one of those days where I was really bored and fancied searching for something to randomly watch! Whilst browsing 4OD I came across this programme ‘World’s Maddest Job Interview’ I took a read of the description and was like hey, that sounds like something I would be interested in! (I totally adored studying psychology at a-level, and have always had such an interest in mental health) so this was perfect!

The trouble with mental health problems is the feeling of being alone, and you ARE NOT ALONE. People just don’t talk about it! Mental Health is something that people sometimes feel uncomfortable about, and I am so happy that more and more people everyday are talking about it. It needs to be talked about, it is healthy to talk about it!

The description:
“Eight volunteers – some with significant mental health conditions and some without – try to impress a panel of business people. Can the volunteers prove the mental health stereotypes wrong?”

Sound like something you would be interested in? Watch it here!

Honestly I loved this programme, it was definitely my cup of tea. The 8 volunteers took part in a week long process of various different tasks testing their employability, without the employers knowing their health records, they then have to choose their top 3 that they would employ. I don’t want to spoil it too much but I was utterly astonished about what the business panel were saying at the beginning!

These two quotes stuck out for me the most:

“Having employed people with mental health problems in the past, it is something that I would be reluctant to do in the future”

“If I saw that on a candidates CV, I’d be very sad for them, and I wouldn’t employ them” 

Now I’m not sure if it is something that someone would ever write on their CV, but the ‘Equal Opportunities’ form is where you may want to disclose this information. Now I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked, the word equal means that everyone has the same chance & this area of the application process shouldn’t have any effect on your application! That really doesn’t seem too fair…

Equal :

1. being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value.
2. a person or thing that is the same as another in status or quality.

This deeply saddens me, and I expect that a lot of people with mental health issues in fact hide it from their employers in their application process, rather than telling them because they are too scared that they wouldn’t get the job. I think hiding this may make the situation worse in the long run.

It kind of disgusts me that employers feel that people with mental health problems are less employable…  I’m just going to use Zoe (Zoella) as another example of why this just isn’t true… I am pretty sure THOUSANDS of employers would hire Zoe, because she is SO EMPLOYABLE. She in fact is very open about the anxiety she suffers, and I feel her success is kind of proof that mental health shouldn’t be paired with being unemployable… she has achieved so much. Yes she has her bad days, but doesn’t everyone.

I LOVE THIS PROGRAMME. It gives hope to people that suffer mental health problems, and I seriously found it quite an emotional watch. Now I know this is just a TV programme, and they are not always the most honest, but even if this isn’t completely honest, it is getting the message out there. These stereotypes need to go, we need to FIGHT this stigma.

Fancy watching this programme? Watch it here I really recommend it!

Let me know if you do / have watched this and what you thought of it! 

Thanks for reading, Catch you tomorrow!


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