Our employer-targeted Empowermental campaign during October every year supports the belief that a person who has a mental illness can be the best person for the job. Empowermental aims to break down stigma and encourage Australian businesses to consider employing people who have mental illness.
Coinciding with Mental Health Week 2014, Empowermental 2014 aims to reduce the stigma employers associate with employing staff who have a mental illness. People who have a mental illness can and do work – and can be the best person for the job.
Our research indicates that the majority (63%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who hired a person who has a mental illness had a positive or very positive experience. Only 1 in 10 SMEs reported a negative experience hiring a person with a mental illness which is comparable to hiring anyone from any background.
The younger the employer, the more likely they are to employ a person who has a mental illness. 32% of Gen Y and 30% of Gen X employers are likely to hire a person who has a mental illness in the future, compared with 17% of Baby Boomer employers.
One in five Australians will have a mental illness in any 12-month period (National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007), so you may already know, rely on, trust or work with someone who has a mental illness.
We can help you find the right job candidates from a pool of diverse talent, including someone who has a mental illness. Our employment services are free to eligible employers and job seekers. Ongoing employer and job seeker support continues for as long as you need us. We help you access government-funded incentives and support for wages and training costs.
For more information about mental illness in the workplace, and ways in which WISE Employment is dedicated to help end stigma, please have a look at: