This is a series of blogs which attempts to talk about stigma existence and stigma reduction in a particular field of work – project management. Beginning in 2002, I became certified as a Project Management Professional. This feat was subsequent to obtaining my college degree and my Masters in Business Administration. In this series of blogposts, I will talk about several issues including: 1) being accepted (or not) for having a mental disorder while serving as a project manager, 2) addressing stigma associated with a mental health diagnosis while practicing as a project management professional, 3) learning to adopt risk management principles from project management principles to self-care and risk management with a mental health diagnosis, 4) detailing work places and individuals that seemed accepting of mental health diagnosis either before, during or after practicing as a project manager full-time, 5) balancing two or more projects versus one project while being diagnosed with a severe mental illness, 6) calculating the rewards and the challenges associated with compartmentalizing mental health issues while serving as a project management professional, 7) relaying the benefits of openly discussing the impacts of mental illness on my ability to serve as a project manager, and 8) detailing specific examples of prejudice in the workplace due to a mental health diagnosis.
Some of the material may seem redundant as I have experienced repeatedly non-acceptance in the field of project management for mental health in general and for mental health diagnoses in particular.
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This is a great series to do.