Research has shown that untreated mental disorders cost the South African economy more than R35 billion in lost working days every year.
It's reported that someone with a mental illness may miss as much as 27 working days annually.
Emotional trauma and management coach, An Bakkes says that companies that support employees and positive mindsets can make up to 27% more profit.
Bakkes says remaining employed while having a mental illness gives people pride and purpose, but can lead to additional pressure to perform.
Bakkes explains that employees who are victimised for their mental disorder face increased anxiety and added difficulty with managing their condition.
The same place that gives you the dignity and pride becomes the same place where you really battle to survive.— An Bakkes, Author and life coach
702 listener, Mary says she was discriminated against and made to resign after her employer found out about her mental illness.
She has borderline personality disorder (BPD) and says she seldom discloses her condition because it results in prejudice and unfair treatment.
An Bakkes talks about mental disorders and how companies can support their employees.
Take a listen:
@RediTlhabi my employers have been amazing but I've heard of many who aren't. And 1 can't simply go to accommodating company. Jobs r scarce— Kgali Tshabalala (@_Kgali_Kgali) March 6, 2017
I once got told that no one cares about my mental illness, they just want their work done.I don't disclose anymore— A Femme who straps (@miz_thabz) March 6, 2017
@RediTlhabi I have BPD2. Basically, you can use all your 3 years' leave in 1 year. Workplace must not be toxic. But we must be tough.— Karabo K. Kgoleng (@KaraboKgoleng) March 6, 2017
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Supporting staff with mental illnesses can boost business, says management coach