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.


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? 

Getting support for my mental health at work

An interview with Eleanor Hathaway, a firefighter, on her experience of getting mental health support at work.

I want people to recognise mental health is as important as physical health

What were your views on mental health problems prior to experiencing them yourself? 

I remember thinking that a friend at university who had been diagnosed with severe depression 'just needed some fresh air.' Now I know that things are not that simple. 

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