Depression: personal blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of depression. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


Being open about mental health is good news for employers and staff

I first experienced warning signs of my impending breakdown in autumn 2008. I'd been working long hours in a major bank, the financial crisis was kicking off and there were widespread rumours of large scale redundancies - or even the bank going bust. I’d just bought a house, my girlfriend's income was fairly unpredictable, and we were quite stretched financially.

I was terrified my colleagues would think I was incapable because of my depression

Let me give you some background. I’m 38 year old Yorkshireman, now in Kent with my wife and two kids. I’ve worked in the travel industry my whole life. I live with depression – I don’t like to say I “suffer” because I’ve made big changes in my life the last three years to ensure I understand my triggers and that I’m in control.

My manager's support through depression and anxiety helped me succeed

Talking about mental health in the workplace is an incredibly daunting and frightening step to take. Thoughts swirl around your head as you wonder whether being open about a subject, that is so stigmatised, will be detrimental to your career or your working relationship; “will colleagues treat you differently? Will it affect your chance of progression? Will you even have a job left!?”

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