Imagine people looking at you with critical eyes and talking about you behind your back after they find out you live with a mental illness. Imagine always getting coffee with your workmates as a Friday treat. After they hear you’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar, they stop inviting you. Imagine hearing your boss say he can’t stand having depressed employees because they’re a drain on the workplace. Imagine your doctor telling you your anxiety is just you seeking attention. Imagine feeling so worried to seek help because you’re afraid you might lose your job if your boss finds out. Many people living with mental illness experience these sorts of feelings and scenarios.

When people are discriminated against because of their mental illness it can make them feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.  It prevents people from seeking help, delays treatment, slows recovery, excludes people from day-to-day activities and stops people from getting jobs and taking part in the opportunities and privileges of daily life available to others.