Authors: Liz Hudson, Victoria
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: As jobseekers with mental illness face potential stigma and prejudice in the workplace, there exists a reluctance to disclose their personal information to employers. This paper outlines an alternative strategy to managing personal information that puts the job seeker at the centre of the decision making process, using a strengths based approach. A pilot study into the application of a strengths-based disclosure plan called Managing Personal Information (MPI) highlights benefits for job seekers and provides a model for consumer participation in research. The outcomes of the MPI pilot project (conducted within a not-for-profit human services organisation) indicate a positive consumer acceptance rate for the plan.