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.


Sticks and stones: talking about mental illness

Sticks and stones photoI’ve got a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. It’s not a very common diagnosis so I’ll explain that it is given when a mood disorder (in my case depression) coincides with symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hearing voices or having strange ideas.

Everyone in the office now knows about my mental illness

Photo of a woman stood in front of the seaI had been working for my current employer a few years when one day my depression spilled over into a breakdown right there in the office in front of everyone. No one really knew what to do but they calmed me as best they could and got me home safely.

The effects of company culture on mental health

Black and white photo of a woman on the beachWhen anyone asks me why I gave up working for myself I tell them it was mainly the stress of having an unpredictable income and the sense of isolation that came from working on my own, which pretty much sums it up.

Talking about bipolar disorder: setting a level playing field

Photo of Andy, a Time to Change bloggerI was diagnosed as bi-polar last summer following a final breakdown - although it transpires I have probably had it since my late teens, early twenties. The one thing that surprised me was how my whole life suddenly made sense and everything dropped into place.

It answered so many questions about the person I had been and some of the decisions I had made throughout my life.

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