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.


It took me a while to admit I had a mental health problem, but when I did the reaction I got was really supportive

It’s been many years since I was diagnosed with clinical depression and although I have the tools to deal with it I don’t think I will ever be completely free of what I call my shadow.  However, it’s important to remember that you can live and cope with it with the support of your family and those around you.  

Being honest about my mental health problems helped my colleagues to better support me

I graduated this summer and I recently started my first full time, 'real' job. Right from the start I made the decision to fill out the medical form truthfully – I disclosed that I had depression and that I was on medication for it. I'm usually always open about my depression, but I've been warned so many times not to disclose to an employer that I have a mental illness that it took a bit of thinking.

Knowing I had support at work made a big difference when I experienced a mental health problem

In early 2013 my mental health took a turn for the worse, I started to write a blog as a way to get my feelings out into the open, and so I could try and make some kind of sense of what I was going through. What I didn’t realise, was just how many people would read it and share in my journey through the confusing emotions, ups and downs of having mental ill health.

I got a positive response at work when I was open about my mental health problems

Although I no longer hold my job at my previous work place, I was overwhelmingly surprised at my more than delightful recent visit to say hello. I was encouraged on my progress and made to feel like a part of their team still. I was not made to feel uncomfortable and was open about my progress since my last visit.

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