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.


Not everyone you meet will be able to handle your mental illness

July 3, 2012

Kev, a Time to Change bloggerI was diagnosed with clinical depression in my early teens. This was the 1980's. There wasn't much about in terms of treatment so I had monthly meetings with a 'psychiatric nurse' (what would be called a CPN today) during which she demonstrated her boredom and I learned not to tell her anything even slightly important.

Sticks and stones: talking about mental illness

May 21, 2012

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

May 18, 2012

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.

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