UK Adults Frightened To Admit Suffering From Schizophrenia: Survey

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15th November 2013 12:39 - Health

New research carried out by YouGov and the charity Rethink Mental Illness has revealed that almost two-thirds of UK adults admit if they were diagnosed with schizophrenia, they would keep this hidden from their employer; only 35% would be honest with their boss if they had the illness. The charity however does admit that like with any serious health problem, some people with schizophrenia will be unable to work.

The poll of more than 2,000 adults also reveals that a quarter (26%) of people would keep this a secret from friends with the majority (77%) also saying they would not tell a neighbour - 86% admitted they wouldn’t tell their family if they were diagnosed.

However, when it comes to the work place, Neil Carberry the Director for Employment and Skills for the CBI claims an increasing number of employers are now reassessing their legal requirement to protect staff suggesting that with many money people working in offices the primary risks faced today are around stress and mental health issues.

It’s been estimated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that one in every 100 people will at some point in their lifetime suffer from the illness, furthermore they suggest those aged 17-35 are most at risk to develop the condition. 

Commenting on the findings, Rachel Hobs from Rethink Mental Illness, said:

“I think with conditions like schizophrenia people are still really afraid to tell people about it, and that really matters. We know that when people are open with their boss and their work colleagues, that is when they can get support and adjustments so that they are more likely to be able to stay well, and stay in their job."

Rethink Mental Illness is now calling for companies to do more to prevent discrimination.

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