One of this generation’s most prominent author, J.K. Rowling’s new book “The Casual Vacany” has a character that suffers from OCD. The character is one of the main ones as well and Rowling hopes that this will prevent the trivializing of OCD, especially from media outlets.
Rowling said it was based on her own experiences of the illness which she suffered from as well, which consisted of her “checking, double-checking, triple-checking things.”
The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first novel apart from the Harry Potter series.
Medical News Today (08 Oct 2012) — The stigma of mental illness often has a greater impact on people’s employment prospects than physical disability or illness, Australian researchers reported today.
The study, commissioned by WISE Employment, a not-for-profit organization aimed at empowering job seekers to find meaningful work, revealed that mental illness, even in today’s supposed period of apparent enlightenment, continues to be a serious obstacle to employment.
The study was commissioned as part of Mental Health Week, which started on Sunday, October 7th, 2012.
The researchers explained that one in every five Australian adults has been affected with some kind of mental illness during the last 12 months.
The main barrier to employing people who have had or have a mental illness is simply ignorance - or lack of understanding, said Matthew Lambelle, from WISE Employment.
Matthew Lambelle emphasized that mental illness is not linked to job performance.
WISE Employment (WISE) says it is dedicated towards the reduction of stigma associated with employing people who have a mental illness. The organization says that people with a mental illness are capable of working, and doing their jobs well; sometimes even being the best person for a position.
WISE explained that most employers with at least five workers most likely already have personnel with some kind of mental illness, many in positions of trust and responsibility.
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