Mental health at work: blogs and stories

1 in 6 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety and depression every year. It is a myth that people with mental health problems can’t work. With the right support people with mental health problems perform vital roles in workplaces across the country.

However, mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace remain an issue. The blogs below are written by people who have experience of mental illness in the workplace and show the different ways people can react.

By writing about their experiences they aim to raise awareness of the issue and challenge stereotypes around something that can affect all of us. Pledge to talk about your experiences of mental health >>

Read more about what support is available at work and information for managers and employers.


People with mental health problems are stigmatised even by those who are supposed to help them

I work as a mental health nurse. I love my job. I am so lucky to get to comfort people in distress and witness their recovery. I myself have had family members with severe mental health problems. I have seen how stigma and discrimination is still a massive problem for people with mental health problems. I have seen this problem both on a professional and personal level. At work the other day I became aware of how big the problem actually was.

5 things I wish people understood about managing mental illness at work

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 17. This is what I’ve learnt, over nearly 15 years of full-time work, about managing a mental illness alongside a demanding and stressful career.

  1. ‘I have’, not ‘I am’

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar, it became my life. At the moment, my mental health is the best it’s ever been. There is so much more to me than my diagnosis.

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