Mental health and rights at work

What are my rights?

I'm applying for a job. Do I have to tell them about my mental health issues?
  • Yes
  • No

Perhaps your mental health has plunged after a difficult life experience. Or maybe you’ve been living for years with a diagnosed mental illness. Wherever you are on the broad spectrum of mental health issues, learning your legal rights can help you navigate challenging times at work.

What you should know

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in August 2022
  • Time to read: 7 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Laura Track, Community Legal Assistance Society and Jonathan Blair, Community Legal Assistance Society

Laura Track
Jonathan Blair

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