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.

I can stand my mental illnesses at work, but not the discrimination

I have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. I worked in spite of all that. However, due to mental health stigma I was discriminated against and all efforts were made for “constructive dismissal” at my workplace by line management.

Attitudes to mental health in workplaces still need to change

I told my manager in my job that I was experiencing depression and that I was on medication which would affect my ability to do my job. He said he did not believe that my medication was effecting my performance, and that I was just not up to doing my job and I would be dismissed in three months time unless I improve. I really didn't know what to do or who to talk to as I have a lot of financial commitments. I had to take time off work as I couldn't face going back there following this.

Fear of judgement stops me from talking about my mental health

I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks which in turn leads to me suffering from mild depression. This has a huge impact on not only my life but those around me. It's not something I'm open about or even talk about, it's certainly not something I say out loud. But why? We shouldn't be ashamed.


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