In recent years, it can be argued that the topic of mental health is being discussed more and more openly (rather than as a taboo subject). However, discrimination against mental health still exists. Discrimination is one of the most common forms of human rights abuse. It can be observed when people are treated differently, and in most cases less favorably, by another similar group of people, based on gender, age, religion, race, sexual orientation and others.

Many people do not share with their employers that they have a mental disorder in order to have the same chance as others to be employed and keep their position. This is indicative of the existence of the “double standards” in the selection of staff in the workplace, and there are ways to change the conditions and attitudes of employers and colleagues towards people with mental health problems by:

  • To be allowed to return to work after a period of absence;
  • Flexible working conditions, where possible, such as reduced hours or the ability to work from home;
  • Assisting people during working hours by accessing counseling, psychotherapy or other medical appointments to help them manage their condition;
  • Allow short breaks if they get a “crisis” at work.

These are just some of the possible solutions, but it is important to remember that each person is an individual and therefore, different from the others so these exemplary measures may not be helpful for every person with a mental disorder. This means that talking to him/her about the appropriate working conditions is the best option to get the best treatment and environment in the future.

Creating a cozy environment and suitable conditions for people with a mental disorder will lead to many positive changes in favor of the place where he/she works. After all, hiring people with mental disorders is not as difficult and complicated as people think. And in an appropriate and understanding environment, they can be just as productive and efficient as others. They do not need to be kept away from being able to work and live independently. They deserve it just as much as anyone else.