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World’s Maddest Job Interview: did it challenge mental health prejudice?


This week we’re watching World’s Maddest Job Interview… what did you think of it?

Channel 4 got a number of contestants – some of whom had experienced serious mental health issues – to appear on its portfolio of television programmes, including Countdown, Location, Location, Location and Come Dine with Me. All of the contestants were put through their paces in a job interview by top businesspeople who were keen to assess their social skills, creative and lateral thinking aptitude and team work – but who did not know who had the history of mental health issues. Told that some of the candidates had an eating disorder, severe depression that made one woman suicidal and life-threatening OCD, the businesspeople stated that they would not feel willing to hire those who had such mental health issues. However, after a gruelling set of challenges over a number of days and meeting and talking to the candidates, the business panel selected all of the people with mental health issues for their jobs, and classed them as their top performers.

Despite the name of the programme and the commentator’s insistence on calling the candidates “mad”, it did provide a great pay-off, demonstrating that those with mental illness can be phenomenal employees. What did you think – handled sensitively, challenging prejudice or just sensationalism?

  •          What? World’s Maddest Job Interview
  •          When? Channel 4 On Demand

Readers' comments (2)

  • As a mental health practitioner, I found the title of this documentary quite disturbing and judgemental. As professionals we are trying to promote anti-stigma towards people with mental health issues. To advertise a programme in such a stigmatising manner hinders the tireless work professionals and advocates do to promote change and awareness. However, the fact that the people who where successful had mental health issues shows that no one is immune to illness and can be successsful. I feel the media has a large responsibility in promoting awareness and should not determine "mad" in a percieved derogatory manner, as we all can have a bit of "madness" which helps us be who we are!!

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  • There was an interesting article on Stress/Well-being & Mental Silence in the Sydney Morning Herald - makes interesting reading - the links are on the bottom of this web page: Search: sahajayogalondon - also there is a interview from Sunrise TV -in Australia again the link is at the bottom of that page. It's FREE - Quite interesting

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