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’s not just about talking but about being better informed

August 10, 2012

Photo of a sunriseI am a health professional working in a large organisation. I decided to be more open about my diagnosis of Bipolar after finally coming to accept my diagnosis after many years. I had discussed this fully with my psychotherapist and we agreed that by being more open and honest with more colleagues in work would be helpful.

Why I took part in 'The World's Maddest Job Interview'

July 26, 2012

Elaine Holt is the Bid Director at National Express and here she blogs for Time to Change about her experience of sitting on an employer panel for Channel 4's 'The World's Maddest Job Interview', which is part of the '4 Goes Mad' season. 

My experience of stigma as a mental health professional

July 20, 2012

Being a mental healthcare professional with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is not easy. In my experience, there are two camps in terms of whether I "should be able" to work in this profession. The first is that I "should be allowed" because I have a unique insight. The second is that "I shouldn't be allowed" because I'm "not stable enough".

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