Disclosing your Mental Illness

holding hands"Research shows those who have disclosed aspects of their mental illness frequently report a sense of personal empowerment that enhances self-esteem and promotes confidence to seek and achieve individual goals."  - Patrick Corrigan

Resources on Disclosure

WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) - a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals promoting inclusion and support for all affected by mental illness by advancing evidence-based practices for stigma reduction efforts.

“Coming Out” Might Be Worth It! - Blog post by Patrick Corrigan regarding why telling others about your mental illness is helpful in eliminating stigma

Do I Tell my Boss? - a four-page handout detailing pros and cons, when to disclose, your rights as an employee, and other resources.  From the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mental Health Services Research

Disclosing Your Disability to Your Employer  - Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  This fact sheet discusses the disclosure of ones' disability to an employer. Provides information on how to prepare to disclose ones' disability to an employer, and also when is the best time to disclose your illness.

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