Why you should talk about mental health at work

For the longest time, talking about mental health at work has been a taboo. Have you burnt out? Don’t mention it or people might think you’re weak! Seeing a therapist? You must have something seriously wrong with you!

In general conversations around mental health have been taboo, mostly because there has been a big misunderstanding around what it is. If people don’t understand depression, or view OCD as “quirky”, it makes it harder for them to empathize with those who are experiencing an issue. There has also been a stigma around mental health, with people being viewed as “crazy” or good to be booked into the psych ward. But the truth is, mental health is not as black or white as it’s portrayed.

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Published by emmacdo

Currently working in marketing and comms in Amsterdam. Passionate about all things digital, writing, dancing, travelling and much more. Mental health blogger and advocate.

3 thoughts on “Why you should talk about mental health at work

  1. My ex employer is threatening legal action if I post about the way I was treated by them again. This is despite the fact that no names were mentioned. I was backed in to a corner and signed an NDA as I knew it was the only option. Everythingbwentvwrong after I disclosed my mental health condition. My LM refused to work with me saying I was causing her distress. I will never overcome the pain of losing the job I loved and studied so hard for. I will never work in my chosen field again. There is nowhere else near enough to where I live and I am now too old to retrain yet again. Devastated and in despair.

    1. I’m really sorry to hear that, it sounds like a difficult situation to be in. I’m sorry that disclosing a health issue caused you so much stress and poor treatment from your company.

      Of course there is still a long way to go, and things like this can still happen to people which is very unfortunate. It’s important to still exercise caution when deciding to talk about mental health at work, find a person of confidence, check your company policies or perhaps even get legal advice beforehand.

      My point is mostly around helping these conversations become more normal so that the situations like the one you experienced don’t continue to happen, but I wasn’t advising to throw caution out the window either.

      It sounds like this employer is not the type of company you would want to work for considering their negative behaviour, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Exactly, i m glad, that finally mental health got more attention and people started to open up, little by little mental health will be at same point as a physical health.
    We have to about it, specialy at work, this why people arround us can understanf ys better.

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