Work can provide identity, friendship, a steady routine and a salary. If you’re living with depression, it can be difficult to stay in work, so it’s important to know what support you can expect from your employer and managers.
Mind’s guide to staying well at work gives valuable advice to everyone – whether you are returning to work, finding it difficult to cope or trying to maintain a healthy working life.
Being open and honest with your employer means that they can work with you to give you the support that you need to be effective at work, whilst minimising additional work related stresses.
If you are finding work stressful or struggling because of a mental health problem then your employer should be able to offer you support.
The Equality Act requires employers to be flexible and make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for people with disabilities, including mental health to enable them to do their jobs. And this applies to mental health conditions too. These reasonable adjustments do not need to be complicated and should help you to do your job more effectively, which will benefit your employer as well.
Although the law is there to protect you from discrimination, your employer's duties are based on them knowing about your situation.
If you choose not to disclose fully to your employer, you can still talk about things that are making your job difficult, such as workload, communication and your working environment.