Talking about mental health in the workplace is a tricky maneuver. Unlike diabetes, you can’t just walk up to someone and point out they might be sick. Sadly, there are many reasons for this, such as the stigma in the workplace, denial, or fear of discrimination. Listen to Gabe’s interview with Kristin Walker on Blog Talk Radio.
Lack of education plays a factor, as well. The average person thinks of a mentally ill person as violent, psychotic, uncontrollable, scary, catatonic, rambling nonsense, etc. In short, they see people as stereotypically crazy. The person suffering from mental illness may also think this way. Since they probably aren’t showing those types of symptoms at work, they are likely to think you are insulting them.