Post # 1
I was just browsing a well known babysitter site for a part time job and read, in one of the local ads, “No mental health history and not on psychiatric medications”. I was a little taken aback. I do take psychiatric medication, and I personally don’t think that’s a potential employer’s business. Also, if this were a company, it would be illegal to discriminate against any qualified, capable applicant for mental health reasons. I do understand why a parent would not want someone actively experiencing psychosis to watch their kids, and that’s not at all what I’m suggesting. I just wish it was more understood that mental illness doesn’t make a person unfit to be around kids. Most of us are functioning, law-abiding members of society, just carrying around brains that work a little bit differently.
Post # 2
xstitchbride425: Unfortunately, that family probably had a bad experience with a mentally unstable babysitter and they don’t want to go down that road again.
I agree with what you’re saying though, they shouldn’t discriminate, but I’m sure they’re just trying to take extra precaution with their children.
Post # 3
I agree with above… I dont think you can legally disciminate that way, but it is understanable.
Post # 4
I think it’s acceptable. I don’t know of it’s legal or illegal; I’m not sure about what laws there are when it comes to what traits people can rule out when it comes to hiring babysitters.
It seems to me that these people don’t want to take a chance and have something bad happen. There are already risks in hiring someone to care for a child, and it’s possible that this stipulation is to add one more layer of protection. I thinks it’s likely that they’ve already had or seen a bad experience involving babysitters with mental health issues, and they simply aren’t willing to take another chance with it. Mental health can, after all, have a direct impact on how the child(ren) are taken care of, unlike ethnicity, nationality, etc.
I see why this can be offensive, but ultimately it’s their decision and they’re not wrong for taking mental health into account.