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!?” I kept my anxiety and depression concealed from my employer for as long as I possibly could for those exact reasons. It was only when I got to breaking point that I finally had a conversation with my manager - Ruth...
On Monday-Fridays most weeks on my Instagram I am sharing a little tip with you each day from my experiences of dealing with anxiety and depression (along with a lovely photo of me 😆). If you want to keep up to date with my tips as I share them then please follow me on Instagram! I'll also be sharing … Continue reading Rob Talks MH Tips 1-5 (Being Kind to Yourself)
There is a perception amongst many in society that having a mental health condition means you are unable to achieve as much in your career as somebody who does not. You are often judged as weak and it is believed that you will not be able to cope under the strain of a stressful role within an organisation. Whilst it is important to recognise that mental health can have a detrimental impact on your working life, I think it is equally important to acknowledge that mental health conditions can also equip you with traits which make you an even more valuable employee...
Growing up, I always looked at high-flying professionals, celebrities and those who had made 'successes' of their lives and assumed that they had got to where they were through pure talent and hard work. I believed in the idea of meritocracy in society and assumed that people achieve what they deserve based on their abilities … Continue reading The Importance of Self-Belief in Success
My aim in my workplace is to break down this stigma around mental health by encouraging an actively open environment in which staff feel completely safe and supported. I want to share with you as much as I can of what I have been up to and encourage you to take similar steps in your workplace!
Hi Everyone, I'm running a mental health event for my colleagues at the University of Cambridge Festival of Wellbeing & I NEED YOUR HELP! Inspired by chats such as #TalkMH, I am posing 3 questions for discussion on Twitter which will also be used in real life for an interactive discussion at the event. This … Continue reading Mental Health Event at the University of Cambridge – I NEED YOUR HELP!
In this post, I'm going to share a concise version of my mental health story to illustrate how it is possible to achieve things which you can't even imagine when you're going through the excruciating lows of your mental health conditions.
Thanks for watching my video about my experience of running the Vitality London 10k for Mind. If you're interested, you can see the stats of my run as picked up by my Fitbit below: Thanks for all of your support! Rob x
It's now less than a week to go until my 10k run for Mind on the 29th! So here is the latest, and final, update on my training (Sorry it's later than I implied in my YouTube video!) Sunday 7th May I was thrilled to have finished this 10k in under 54 minutes. I feel … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 8 (Less Than a Week to go!)
I wanted to post the following video to have a chat with you all about my fundraising and to say thank you for all of the incredible support I have received! I have been thrilled by the amount of money I have raised so far which you can check out here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobEarl More importantly though, … Continue reading Fundraising for Mind: A Thank You for Your Support!
I've taken the incredibly daunting step of putting myself out there on YouTube in order to talk about my experiences with mental health. I've taken this step because I think that watching me talking about the subjects which I write about will be valuable to you. I hope that you agree! I think that by using … Continue reading Rob Talks Mental Health…on YouTube!
So it's been a fortnight since my last update and, although I have only got two training runs to share with you, I have been smashing records all over the place! We're into the home straight now with less than a month to go until the Vitality London 10k on 29th May. So here is … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 7 (Goofy Fish and Broken Records)
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting loads of really inspiring people who are all massively passionate about mental health causes. This was at the #TalkMH meet which took place in Hyde Park, London on Saturday 22nd April. When I started blogging about mental health in February it never crossed my mind that two … Continue reading #TalkMH Mental Health Bloggers Meet Up
It is easy to become isolated when anxiety or depression hit you. Often you feel less confident and less social. A lot of the time it can seem impossible to get out of bed or leave the house - let alone meet up with friends or family. That's why I've put together this short list … Continue reading 5 Ways to Feel Less Isolated When Your Mental Illness Takes Hold
So this week I've seen a few posts on Twitter which have concerned and baffled me. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary to be honest but I felt like this time I needed to respond in defence of my fellow mental health bloggers. So the first topic I want to address is the hate I've … Continue reading In Defence of Mental Health Bloggers: Why Nobody Should be Made to Feel Bad for Speaking Out