Quick survey: Would you tell your boss about your mental illness?

We know from recent stats released by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) that mental health has vast implications on the workplace.

In October 2017, SADAG released update stats showing that 61% of respondents had disclosed their mental illness at work.

However, 69% of them experienced negative or no response when they discussed the situation. In fact, one person said, “It felt uncomfortable when sharing my mental health issues with management [sic].”

Sadly only 16% of those who had disclosed their mental illness felt comfortable doing so.

So here’s where we need your help – we’d like to find out how you feel about disclosing mental disorders and taking sick leave as a result thereof. It’s a short survey and you will remain completely anonymous – we have no way of knowing who you are.

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“If an employee has depression but is at work, they are five times less productive than an employee who was absent due to depression,” Dr Frans Korb, psychiatrist and clinical psychologist said.

Please email mandy.freeman@24.com if you would like to get in touch.