02 Jan '12, 11am

More should be done to dispel myths about mental illnesses: experts

More should be done to dispel myths about mental illnesses: experts

SINGAPORE: Not many people understand what goes on in the mind of someone who suffers from mental illness. Many think they could be disruptive or fare poorly at the workplace. It is this stigma that makes it difficult for people with mental illnesses to get a job. It also explains why unemployment among the mentally ill is almost a universal problem. 'Gilbert' has applied for over 500 jobs since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia 30 years ago, and he is still jobless. He said: "I went around warehouses, factories, (knocking on doors, asking for jobs). Some employers were kind to me and gave me jobs, while others didn't give me jobs." A handful of employers hired him, but he stayed on each job for only a few months. He even walked out after 10 minutes in one job, as he felt he could not cope. In another job, he felt short-changed, as his supervisor wanted to borrow money f...

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