Job hurdle for people with Mental Health Issues

Posted on June 9, 2014

SINGAPORE - Psychiatrist Dr Ang Yong Guan and clinical psychologist Dr Joel Yang said work application forms and university admission forms still ask about one’s state of mental health.

A local recruitment agency, The GMP Group, revealed that more than half of the employers that the agency handles want job applicants to state their mental condition. These employers are from both multinational and local companies.

Ang said: "Why do you need to ask that question? I have asked that of our universities. I am told that when the students are admitted to the university, they would pay extra attention if these students are under stress.

But if a university does it to prevent a mentally ill person from gaining admission, then I think it is wrong."

This practice is detrimental for young adults with mental illnesses and who are seeking employment.

Yang, who had worked with many national servicemen with different mental conditions, said: "For a lot of them [National Servicemen] struggling with their mental conditions is one thing, but letting it affect them in their jobs prospects places an added burden and sense of hopelessness."

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Category(s):Mental Health in Asia

Source material from The Independent