Mental health problems like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not need to stop you from working. With the right support and the right job people with mental health problems perform vital roles in workplaces across the UK.
Work can provide identity, friendship, a steady routine and a salary. Some people thrive in a busy environment and enjoy working to ambitious targets, other people see their job as a means to an end. Where ever you sit on this spectrum it is important that the balance between your work and your home-life feels right for you.
When people feel under pressure at work it can lead to stress and anxiety. A short period of stress on its own is not likely to be considered a disability under law, but prolonged stress can become more serious and make exisiting mental health problems worse. It is in the best interests of employers and employees to avoid this situation, and create mentally healthy workplaces that are free from discrimination where well-being is a priority.
If you are experiencing mental distress it can be difficult to stay in work and to know what support you can expect from your employer, but this section of the site should help you.
What you need to know
- You are not alone – watch real life stories
- To disclose or not to disclose – what should you tell your employer
- Legal position – understand what your rights are
- Support is out there – find out what support your employer might offer