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.

Returning to work, I worried what people would think

I have suffered on and off with anxiety for most of my adult life. For a long time, I didn’t know what it was, I just knew that there were periods when I felt out of perspective, frightened, unable to relax and overwhelmed by negativity – particularly in relation to work.

Battling depression made me a stronger employee

I sit in the doctor’s office bemused by the diagnosis I have just been given. I hear the words over and over in my head, "you are severely depressed." And before I can muster up the words of denial, the doctor delivers the clincher.

"Deal with this now or it will ruin your career."

I'm a professional man with depression but my colleagues are in my corner

I have been a working professional for over 30 years. During this time I have been able to make a decent living, meet great people and have a good standard of life.

As a young man I took everything in my stride – the learning, the travelling, the growing demands on time, the exams, the late hours, lack of work/life balance, the pain of failing and the excitement of succeeding and making a difference.

I'm a hard, professional businessman, with a mental health problem

I'm 57 years old, born and raised in the mining towns of South Yorkshire, and I thought I was as hard as nails! Until my 77 year old mum suddenly died in October 2015. I really did not expect her loss to have such a profound effect on my mental state, the grief tore me apart and still does although I am now coming to terms with the mortality of our lives.

I am a professional businessman with a good, well paid job and thought stress is what other people suffered from. I had no recognition of the symptoms of stress in my own life.