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.


Why I decided to share all about being admitted to a psychiatric ward

When I was first admitted to my local psychiatric ward, I was mortified and had no idea how I could articulate what was happening without being gossiped about and being judged. Zoe's blogI decided that, apart from my close friends, this would remain a secret. When I was first admitted, it was for a short admission for a few days so I thought I was going to be off for a week which would be easy to cover up.

I have experienced mental illness for a long time and I am happy to talk about it

I am 50 years of age. I have suffered from mental illness for as long as I can remember. I know this now but throughout the decades since the 1970s, I just thought I was different from everybody else and I isolated myself from others. I never once asked myself why.

Let's tackle the stigma surrounding mental health at work

I always wanted to be out and about doing things where every day was different, so I joined the fire service. I spent 14 years on one watch in Sheffield – probably the best time of my life.

However, in that period I went to a car crash on the Sheffield Parkway. It was very early one Sunday morning; five kids had been clubbing. Returning home they came down the Sheffield Parkway and crashed. 

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