I'm feeling the need to defend small towns - ours is awesome!
Small minds however?.......
I think that it is absolutely unnecessary and hugely discriminatory to insist on disclosure of mental illness.
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13-03-2012 21:41 #61Senior Member
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13-03-2012 22:07 #62
Awww Misskitty, I should have clarified. You're absolutely right- its not the town but the minds within it.
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13-03-2012 23:17 #65
People are so quick to attack and assume when they don't know the whole story, if you did you would understand our genuine concerns as parents regarding this person. Geez.......
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13-03-2012 23:28 #66
14-03-2012 02:18 #67Do you think that controlled mental illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, or any other needs to be disclosed when working in aged care, nursing, disabilities, childcare, teaching, or any other industry where a person is responsible for the care of others?
I also believe that 'working with children' checks should start much earlier than they do and that there should be no exemptions.
14-03-2012 04:45 #68
Controlled mental illness, not an issue. And that doesn't even necessarily mean meds either. There are great natural therapies and counsellors.
Kimberlygal - it sounds like mental illness wasn't the issue, but substance abuse problems. However if it's a small town like you say I would suspect the employer would have known that and seeing as they employed her anyway I think the discrimination that saw her not get employed is disgraceful.
To the person who asked about the defence force - the issue is that some of the training is very mentally and emotionally taxing and that the job can send you places where you can't access medication like the field, sea, remote bases like the one in Kuwait, so they tend not to take on people with mental illness but there is an appeals process.
14-03-2012 06:27 #69
Yes it does if you disclose it.
However I have now read everyone else's posts in this thread and Have thought about it all.
Alot of the posts here are the exact reason why I choose to not disclose my bipolar to many employers. People have such small minds when it comes to mental illness.
I would like to dispell some of the myths surrounding Bipolar disorder.
1. I am medicated and have been since diognosis.
2. Although I can experience up's and downs the majority of society would be hard pressed to know that I have a mental illness
3. I do not have split personalities ( thats a different mental illness)
4. People who suffer bipolar do not just snap. We experience highs and lows which are called manic episodes. I tend to suffer with Highs and when I do I'm very happy and will go days with little sleep.
5. People who suffer bipolar tend to also suffer anxiety which can make it even harder disclose there illness.
I just want to finish by saying that when you suffer bipolar it is a chemical imbalance in your brain. My brain does not know when to release chemicals such a seritonan when I am sad nor how much to release etc. That is why people with bipolar take mood stabiliser medication.
We can not help having a mental illness nor can we change your attitude about it. But when you go to judge someone that has a mental illness think about this
Would you treat someone that suffers epilepsy the same or diabetes for that matter, they could pass out whilst holding your child, driving your childs school bus etc.
Please have some compassion for those of us that do suffer a mental illness.
MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT A CHOOICE BUT HOW YOU TREAT US IS
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14-03-2012 06:57 #70
Not disclosing that you have a pre-existing condition when attempting to join the defence force is really a bad idea, how would you get access to your medication when you're at basic training? You can't just go to see a civilian doctor. Similarly if you are deployed they only take the medication with them that they know they'll need for pre-existing conditions. When dad went to Afghanistan in 2010 he had get take with him a 9 month supply of anti-inflammatory meds for his arthritis because there was no way of getting them once he was there.
They also don't recruit people with epilepsy or diabetes, what if they passed out while on look out and the ship hit something? They don't take people who are colour blind either.
They're currently making it difficult for my brother to join because he broke his elbow in 09 despite having a medical clearance.
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