Discrimination against job-seekers with mental health conditions lessened through advocacy

Employers are advised to stop making job applicants declare whether they have had a mental health condition, according to an article by The Straits Times (read here). The article reports that the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices, or TAFEP, has updated its stance to consider asking about past or existing mental health issues discriminatory, alongside other prohibited questions on age, race, religion or disabilities. TAFEP is an agency set up to promote fair employment practices among both employers and the general public. Caregivers and their loved ones alike will be pleased with this move. A major challenge preventing those with mental health issues finding employment is the reluctance of employers to give such persons a chance. Removing declarations about mental health will be a welcome first step in reducing mental health stigma in the workplace.