There is clear evidence that stigma and discrimination can be a significant barrier for people with a lived experience of mental illness when seeking work and progressing in the workplace.
The Commission has engaged EY Sweeney to undertake qualitative research to inform future strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and mental health in the workplace.
The research will involve in depth interviews with people living with mental health issues about their employment experiences, along with interviews with employers, advocates and other thought leaders.
The project will also consider what makes a positive difference for people living with mental health issues when looking for work and progressing their career. Researchers will explore effective strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination in the workplace.
A report with recommendations for future actions is expected to be delivered in 2017.