Talking about mental health

Being honest about my mental health problems helped my colleagues to better support me

I graduated this summer and I recently started my first full time, 'real' job. Right from the start I made the decision to fill out the medical form truthfully – I disclosed that I had depression and that I was on medication for it. I'm usually always open about my depression, but I've been warned so many times not to disclose to an employer that I have a mental illness that it took a bit of thinking.

Knowing I had support at work made a big difference when I experienced a mental health problem

In early 2013 my mental health took a turn for the worse, I started to write a blog as a way to get my feelings out into the open, and so I could try and make some kind of sense of what I was going through. What I didn’t realise, was just how many people would read it and share in my journey through the confusing emotions, ups and downs of having mental ill health.

I got a positive response at work when I was open about my mental health problems

Although I no longer hold my job at my previous work place, I was overwhelmingly surprised at my more than delightful recent visit to say hello. I was encouraged on my progress and made to feel like a part of their team still. I was not made to feel uncomfortable and was open about my progress since my last visit.

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