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.


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. 

Talking made me realise I wasn't alone

It's not rocket science, just walk up and say 'How are you and how many sugars do you want in your tea?'

Police inspector Wayne Goodwin talks about the small things people can do to support someone with a mental health problem.

Can you tell us about your experience of mental health problems and how they originally manifested? 

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