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Applying for jobs, do I disclose my health problems?

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Daisycat22 Thu 06-Dec-12 13:53:05

Thanks for replying!

I was aware that many local government and NHS jobs don't discriminate when it comes to health problems, so I will definitely be applying for those,
I just don't want to limit myself to only applying for those types of jobs.

FivesGoldNorks Thu 06-Dec-12 13:03:50

You'll probably be asked about your health before accepting the job. Disclose. They cannot discriminate but if you don't tell them you're on dodgier ground if you do need them to make adjustments. Good luck with job hunt.

Btw many NHS places positively favour applications from people who have suffered mh issues for exactly the reasons you are worrying about. Would this be an option?

Daisycat22 Thu 06-Dec-12 13:00:04


I'm in my mid 30's and have had various jobs working in Admin/Reception type jobs, since leaving school at 16.

I have always suffered from mental health problems but have largely kept it under wraps until 2 years ago, when I had a breakdown and had to give up work.

I say it's been kept under wraps, I mean I've never told anyone how I feel but it has affected my life greatly, mainly not being able to maintain any stability in jobs, homes, relationships etc.

Anyway, I have had some great help from professionals over the 2 years and feel the best I have ever felt and would now really like to return to work.

My problem is, do I disclose to potential employers the real reason for me being unemployed for nearly 2 years?...I am worried that as things stand now it's really hard to gain employment anyway, let alone when you have a rather scatty past employment history (longest job held for 2 years) and recent mental health issues.

A friend suggested I make something up like I've been caring for a relative or something along those lines....what do others thing I should do?

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