Govt should remove mental health query on job forms

It is laudable to urge employers to drop their prejudices against sufferers of mental illness ("People with mental issues face job discrimination"; Sunday).

However, the Government, as the biggest employer, should set an example for the private sector, by not requiring the declaration of mental health history in job application forms, except for roles that involve prolonged stress from the public, for example, law enforcers and environment inspectors ("Call to remove mental health query on job forms"; Sept 27).

By walking the talk, the Government can show that it is determined to eradicate prejudices and discrimination against sufferers of mental illness.

Liu Rijing

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2016, with the headline 'Govt should remove mental health query on job forms'. Print Edition | Subscribe