Due to the associated stigma, people are unlikely to tell anyone at work or in the neighbourhood that they have a major mental illness. Another group are able to work but sometimes find their illness debilitating and have to take time off. Others may never be able to work or can do so only in supported employment.
The good news is that, for many people, mental illness is treatable and manageable.
70-90% of people receiving the best combination of psychiatric care, medication, community and spiritual support have significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
Unfortunately, people are often reluctant to seek help or treatment because of the stigma society puts on mental illness. Even if people do seek help, they often run into the limitations of an inadequately funded and poorly targeted mental health system.