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.


Depression is an illness of paradoxes

Mark Rice-Oxley, Guardian Journalist and Time to Change bloggerDepression is an illness of paradoxes. The harder you fight it, the harder it gets. The more you think about it, the more convoluted the conundrum becomes. As soon as you think you're well again, bang, it hits you harder than ever.

Talking about health anxiety: "You're such a hypochondriac... that's all"

Martin: Time to Change bloggerThese are the words which you worry you’ll come across time after time when you are diagnosed with what is now clinically referred to as ‘Health Anxiety’. Of course everyone becomes concerned with their health at certain points in their life but, for me, health anxiety became debilitating when it combined with the onset of depression at the beginning of last year.

Climbing a mountain: my fight against discrimination

Photo of Ben NevisOh my god, am I mad? Probably, but I don't really care. I have made the decision to climb Ben Nevis next year, to raise money for MIND. My husband and son have been away fishing for the weekend, and I have just phoned him to tell him the news! Bless him, I think he's scared to leave me to my own devices for long as he never knows what I will come up with next!

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