Mental Health and Work

Working whilst learning to cope with your Mental Health is hard. 

I don’t think enough credit is given to those who have found that balance between their work life and Mental Health. It’s inspiring. I also think those companies that are supportive of their employees should be an example to those that struggle to do just that.

My Dr signed me off yesterday but unfortunately work will not give me sick pay for the time I have off. Do I concentrate on my health or do I pay my bills and eat? 

I think work has contributed to my slip in Mental Health, before, work made me happy, gave me routine and made me feel valued. Now, I’m struggling. My colleague has resigned, I’ve sought help from a Bullying Advisor after a change in Management and my Mental Health is at an all time low.

After much thought, I think finding a new job is the change I need. But what kind of job? I plan events for a University, do I find a similar job or do I branch out? In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have any financial restraints, I would have time to look for a job rather than want to get away from the bullying before it brings me down any further and not have to worry about putting food on the table.

Change is ahead and it’s not going to be easy, but since when has life ever been easy? I’ve overcome much more than this, so I’ve got to believe I can do this too. It’s only me that can make the change, no one else. You spend the majority of your time in work – and if there’s no support there it can have a real impact on your health, so it’s time to get searching and to get applying!

I’ve got this, I’ve totally got this…I think!

17 thoughts on “Mental Health and Work

    • shushdonttalk says:

      It’s such a difficult position to be in, if you can – go back when you’re ready, it sounds silly but I’ve had a few days off before, then gone in but lasted a day and then been off again – and they counted it as 2 separate absences. Then then went on my record and a formal meeting was organised which was even more stressful. I hope you’re in a position, to take your time to get better. If not, try and keep your workplace informed of how you’re doing so they can’t use it against you in the future. I wish you all the luck and if you ever need any support, give me a shout 😊

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      • kbailey374 says:

        thank you so much! I am not working anywhere currently and I am on disability so I don’t ‘have’ to, but for my mental health it could be good. I don’t really know. I do know my depression is really bad right now and it would be a HUGE stretch.

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      • shushdonttalk says:

        My advice to you then – which could be wrong! But my advice is to concentrate on feeling better for now, if you’re struggling and it would be huge stretch, it might make you feel worse. Work can be good for your mental health, but I think you need to feel a little better first. It shouldn’t feel like such a big stretch. However, I could be wrong, only you can really know what is best for you right now. Perhaps look for a job intermittently and if you find the job of your dreams, or a job you really want and you’re feeling good then go for it and apply – just don’t stress yourself out looking too hard. 😊


  1. revivingrosie says:

    My job became hugely stressful and I really tried to cope. Then my manager started making sexually suggestive comments to me, and that tipped me over the edge. I have been signed off now for months and am getting help for my anxiety, but I do not intend to go back. I am using this time to start up my own business, this also keeps my mind occupied on the long boring days. I’m hoping my life will be much happier now 🙂

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    • shushdonttalk says:

      I’m sorry to hear all that you faced in your old job but it sounds like you’re doing a lot better. That’s great that you’re getting help with your anxiety and Starting your own business is exciting! I think your life will be happier now 😊


  2. cbrown93 says:

    I’m in the exact position as yourself. I was signed off work today and I’m yet to hear about whether or not I’ll be able to get paid for my time off. But regardless, I need it. The negative environment was debilitating and it was not making life easier for me at all. Sometimes, you need to focus on getting better and if it means being selfish in the meantime, then so be it. I hope it all works out for you in the end, I know I feel positive knowing I am away from there for the next few weeks, so I’m sending my positive vibes your way! 🙂

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    • shushdonttalk says:

      Thank you very much! 😊 You’re right – concentrating on getting better is the right thing to do, I’m just going to have to put my money worries to the back of my mind and do that too I think! Thank you for the good vibes! I hope the few weeks you have off work help you out too and that’s great that you’re feeling positive 😊 remain strong, you can do this too! 😊

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