Mental health admission does not harm job prospects

People who have been admitted to hospital under the Mental
Health Act do not suffer reduced job prospects as a result,
according to a new survey.

The study into 174 employers’ attitudes towards mental
health issues found that the main issues affecting hiring decisions
are sickness records and medical opinions of applicants’
fitness to work.

It also finds that most companies would want to discuss mental
health issues with an applicant who revealed past mental health
problems, and over half said they would want to speak to the
applicant’s GP.

The research, published this week by the Royal College of
Psychiatrists, concludes there is no evidence for warning patients
that detention under the Mental Health Act could harm their job

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