It says here: "Under the terms of the Equality Act 2010, applicants are under no obligation to tell an employer about a mental health condition." So, I don't think there's a need to disclose it. Maybe down the line you could open up, like you did with the camping/outdoors job, but I'd guess it depends on the type of people and whether they're empathetic and understanding. Here it says:I have talked with my brother and mother on the subject, and their replies were lukewarm to be honest. They know I can struggle in high-stress situations, and my last job was a disaster for me. I only lasted 6 weeks and I couldn't take it any more. Plus I had to conceal the truth about my schizophrenia from my employers in order to get the job in the first place.
What to tell the boss
A tricky decision is when and how to let an employer know about this illness. It’s a good question to ask your doctor.
"It depends on the individual and how well they have responded to medication," Jewell says. "If symptoms have essentially disappeared, there's really no need to tell an employer. Some people who have a less than complete response to medication may well need to [tell.]" If active symptoms get in the way of work duties, it might be a good idea to have a conversation with the boss about needs, such as doctor’s appointment times.
Frese offers similar advice. "It's a good idea not to advertise or tell people if you don’t have to," Frese says, especially at the beginning of your career. If you're older or nearing the end of your career, Frese encourages you to tell your co-workers. More openness about schizophrenia will help reduce the stigma.
I think in your case, your symptoms have mostly disappeared, except for the occasional appearance of snoopy entities, which just need to be ignored, and you seem to respond well to medication. So, I don't think there's a need to tell, but you and your loved ones would know best. I'd probably not go for high-stress jobs, and start out with working a couple of days a week and then build it up with time, according to your needs and capabilities.
Ah, that's unfortunate, and I'm guessing working at shops is difficult at this point, with the measures, although I heard that the UK is going to let go of the corona measures? Maybe there are some other outdoors shops in the area? Or maybe you can reconnect with one of those 6 people and see where they are working now?In total I've lied by omission to employers 5 or 6 times since 2004. I'm deciding at the moment what I'm gonna do this year. Life is okay at the moment, but I'd like to have a bit more money, it's the financial situation that's driving me. Also I want to try something new in terms of work. In my past I've done bar/catering, retail, and a small bit of admin. To be honest I found them all a bit boring, apart from one 8 year spell when I worked in a camping/outdoors shop. I loved that job, and was lucky to be working with a very good small team, about 6 people and we all got on well. I opened up to management about my condition and they were supportive. Unfortunately the store was closed down by head office, otherwise I think I'd still be working there.
You could say you did self-study during those 6 years. It's tricky. Maybe you could contact these people to ask for advice, on what to do when you have a break of 6 years, maybe they'll have some tips? I'm also tagging @Ant22 as she may have some tips as well. Being out of work for a long time doesn't necessarily mean you haven't acquired skills or growth, and so maybe that's something to think about and see what you can extract from that period and put onto your CV. Perhaps you've gained more discipline, improved your writing skills, or things like that. Just thinking out loud here.Unfortunately my CV doesn't really look good, what with me being out of work for 6 years or so. I'm gonna give it more thought before I make any big commitment,
If it turns out to be difficult to get hired, you could also consider taking on a volunteer job, and maybe that could lead to a paid position down the line. Or maybe there's a course you can take that'll make your CV stronger? I think that once you have an idea of the type of job you'd enjoy and fits your skills and you start taking steps towards achieving that, the Universe will take notice and hopefully nudge you in the right direction.
Just to add: These are just some suggestions once you've given it some thought and want to take a step, of course! Take all the time you need to figure out if you want to get back to work, where and how. It's nice to know that you can also discuss this with your family.