For some academic researchers, mental illness can be an advantage

UK“There are probably not that many jobs for which disclosing a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a qualification rather than a drawback. But Debbie Mayes, who works at Lancaster University’s Spectrum centre for mental health research, has one of them. The stigma attached to mental illness in a high-achieving university setting, where reliability, consistency and accuracy are prioritised, has often meant that academics with a mental illness choose never to disclose their diagnosis. But in what Mayes says is an emerging trend in university recruitment, she was specifically appointed to her research position because of her experiences as a user of mental-health services, as well as her academic credentials …” (more)

[Louise Tickle, Guardian, 25 August]

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