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10 steps to talking to your boss if you're suffering from depression or anxiety

October 4, 2018

 

A study last year found that as many as 85% of people still think there is stigma attached to bringing up their mental health at work. In general, it appeared people still feel that they won't be taken as seriously if they take time off for their mental wellbeing as they would be if they were suffering from something outwardly physical.

 

But stress, anxiety, and depression can all result in significant mental health problems, as well as ultimately becoming physical problems too. And taking time off for them is just as valid as if you needed rest after catching the flu. After all, you wouldn't tell someone who had cancer to just "suck it up."

 

According to Mind, the mental health charity, 48% of workers have experienced a mental health problem in their current job, and over half of them don't tell anyone.

 

Paul McLaren, a consultant psychiatrist at Priory, wants to help tackle this problem. He's come up with a list which shows how you can bring up your mental health with your boss. Healthier employees improve the bottom line, he said, and employers have a legal duty to protect their employees from stresses at work that could make things worse.

 

Here's what he said you should do if you find yourself in this situation.