‘Is he for real?’

Despite stigma reductions, there are still those – including managers – who doubt the veracity of mental illness
By Mary Ann Baynton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/20/2015

Cynicism can be defined as a distrust of the intentions of others, and a belief others are not representing their true motives. We see this cynicism in the workplace in many situations, and certainly in instances where a co-worker is living with mental illness. 

Despite advances over the last decade in reducing stigma, there are still those who doubt mental illness is “real,” believing people living with mental illness are somehow faking it or accommodations equate to special treatment.