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.


Employers need to change their attitudes towards mental health

I worked as a social worker in a mental health team for 30 years. I loved my job, although it was sometimes challenging because I had pronounced mental health needs of my own. I almost never spoke about my mental health at work because I believed it would be the end of a career I loved and that kept me going. I always did better in teams that were working well together and had good managers.

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!?”

People’s negative attitudes cause me more worry than my psychosis

In 2001, I began to have difficulties with functioning well and had a number of unrealistic thoughts about my social situation, which placed a strain on my friendships with the people in my social group. I also began to worry about my job security, which may or may not have been well-founded. I asked my parents if they could help me and fortunately they were happy to let me come back home and support me.

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