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...
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...
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!
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.
I think that people find it strange that somebody like me would be affected by recurring anxiety disorders and depression. I’m from a loving family, have a supportive long-term relationship, great friends and good career prospects. I’ve never had a reason to feel the way I have done over the last ten years. What I … Continue reading Why it is so Important to Open Up About Your Mental Health
This week has been a particularly busy one for me which included going to my GP on Wednesday to review my medication. Recently I posted about my experience of antidepressants (which is a positive one) but now I have a choice to make on whether or not to continue to take medication for my mental health. … Continue reading When is the Right Time to Stop Taking Antidepressants?
On Wednesday I will be returning to see my GP to review my medication just over a year after I began taking antidepressants to help manage my anxiety and subsequent depression. The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 was one of the toughest periods I've been through with my mental health. My anxiety got a grip of me again and … Continue reading One Year On, How Antidepressants Helped Me Find Myself Again
Mental health is a topic which still has a huge amount of stigma attached to it. In fact, the Time to Change campaign states that 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination. The fact that this stigma still exists in a society in which 1 in 4 people experience a mental health … Continue reading STOP Suicide: Challenging the Stigma and Myths around Suicide
I realise that so far I’ve talked a lot about my mental health conditions as issues which affected me greatly 5+ years ago but which I have overcome. Whilst this is true for the conditions which I have spoken about (panic attacks and agoraphobia), I do want to make it clear that I have a … Continue reading My Anxiety & Me
On Friday I talked in my blog about the fact that I have been suffering from a physical illness for the past week or so. This has kept me off work and housebound for the majority of this week and has caused me to reflect on a period of my life when I was housebound … Continue reading How Agoraphobia Isolated Me
Panic attack – two words that filled me with absolute dread and overwhelming fear from when I was 15 years old until I reached my late teens. I want to share with you my experiences of panic attacks and how I overcame the debilitating effects the condition can have. Having a panic attack at the … Continue reading Panic Attacks and How I Overcame Them!