Around one in four of us will experience a mental-health problem this year says Louisa Pritchard. But will we be able to tell our boss why we’re taking the day off?
When Hayley Smith was at her lowest point in her battle with depression, she plucked up the courage to talk to her boss. She had found a counsellor, but would need time off work to go to the sessions, and said, “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a motherly hug or an ‘Everything is going to be OK’. I expected professionalism and support. Instead, I received a negative response from my boss, who even asked if I was strong enough for the job.”
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. One in four of us will experience a mental-health problem this year. Yet nine out of 10 people with mental-health problems say they’ve experienced some kind of discrimination, while almost a third who had taken time off work because of their mental-health issue felt they were treated differently by their manager when they went back to the office.
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