For those that don't know, I have been offered a job as a maternity care assistant. I have to fill in a questionaire for occupational health.
There is a question about my mental health, which reads as follows ' Do you have a history of anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorder, stress related probnlems, eating disorders, drug/alcohol missue, self harm or overdose ?'
When I was 17, I did take an overdose of paracetamol, only a small one, 13 tablets, but an overdose non the less. At the time, I recieved one session of counselling and that was it. I didn't go on to need AD's, or an other treatment.
This was now nearly 15 years ago.
Do I really need to answer yes then to the above question ?? I am really worried that if I do, I either won't be given the job, or they will make a big deal out of it.
My mum doesn't know about the overdose, and as she works in the same place that I will be, I am worried that she will find out. I know it is supposed to be confidential though.
Also, I was treated for PND in 1999. Had some counselling, but no meds. Do I need to disclose that ?
You do need to be honest, they may want additional info from your GP which would disclose this anyway. If you are currently ok and not receiving any treatment I don't think it should be a problem. Your mum will not find out, it is confidential info.
To be honest I don't think that one occassion when you were 17 - which is 15 years ago - can be described as having a history of something can it? Otherwise most of us would have a history of being alcoholics because we once got drunk in our teens and I think most teens do that at some point !?!
I'd put No - and I don't think I'd be lying if I was you.
I think its highly unlikely that they would back out of their offer of a job, yes they may want to speak to you about it but they can easily find out from you or your GP that you are no longer having treatment/counselling. Lots of people have these type of things in their past. TBH the NHS would loose half its workforce if job offers were depndent on this.
Really, put the worries about your mum out of your mind, there is no way for her to find out unless she does something very underhand such as posing as you which, I assume, is not going to happen.
Just tell them. Honestly. I have had a pretty lurid and current mental health history, and have been accepted by the NHS and also onto a childcare course in my time. At worse they will want you to see an Occ Health dr, but they have only been interested as to whether I thought that the job would make me ill, not that I was somehow unfit for any work
If the question reads like this 'Do you have a history of overdosing' and you have only done it once almost 15 years ago then I would definately say No. To me having a history of something implies that you have done it frequently before which you haven't.
Goodness, Im curious now if people think that is lying, I really don't think it is!?!
Best of luck with the job anyhow and Congratulations !!