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.


Being open about my anxiety helped people understand what it's really like

I've lived with anxiety since I can remember. My mum died at a young age and other life events along the way have led me to suffer from crippling panic attacks and constant worry. My mind can be a very hyperactive place and I tend to obsess a lot, whether that's feeling bad about the way I've said something to someone or entertaining a really awful thought and then torturing myself with it.

I kept my bipolar disorder hidden, but it's time to talk about it

My bipolar disorder came out recently at work. Cautioned against sharing my diagnosis, I had done everything I could to hide it. Yet I longed to be more open. I had an instinct that my colleagues would be sensitive to my situation. Afraid that I was being naïve, I kept my mouth shut.

I've faced stigma at work, but now I'm treated with respect

I arrived at my interview for the position of Housing Support Assistant armed with a wealth of lived experience, a handful of common sense and a hint of naivety.  Before entering the mental health supported housing scheme where I was applying for a job, I knew how to employ my own mental health challenges in a positive light, and I was unshaken when it came to disclosure.

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