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Mental health protection for senior staff benefits all

24 June 2013

Mental health protection for senior staff benefits all

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Senior managers and directors may be offered sufficient financial rewards but looking after their mental health will benefit both the individual and the company, says Validium's Mandy Rutter.

The success of the Mental Health Discrimination Bill is part of an important shift in attitudes towards mental illness: that people who have had mental health problems should not be barred from taking on responsibilities (such as MPs and jury members, as well as leading private- and public-sector organisations). Unfortunately, there will always be levels of prejudice and discrimination against people with mental health problems, mostly unseen and untraceable.

Introducing legislation at least addresses the legal anomaly of mental health discrimination and starts a conversation about mental health and work. This dialogue raises questions for all of us about the impact of mental health problems at work, how they can be addressed and how employees can be supported in order to maintain their relationships and performance in the workplace.

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