Mental Health and Employment

Hello my lovelies! 

Sorry I’ve not been active on the blogging, I’ve only recently got internet sorted, so this is the first thing I’m doing!

I recently started a new job, which required short sleeves. I remember my first day being full with panic. My anxiety kicked in as soon as I was asked to remove my cardigan. Working in a Bakery, it gets pretty hot being near the ovens all day.

No one noticed my arms on the first day, well, not that I was aware of any way. A few days down the line and I noticed one person starring, I done what I could to hide my arms for the rest of the day. A few days after that, one of my colleagues turned my arm over, and the first thing I thought to tell her in response was ”you didn’t see anything”. 

From there on, I decided to be honest to my manager and talk to her about it. She was very understanding and didn’t judge. 

I know that having Mental Health normally puts recruiters off from employing people, which is why I kept quiet and pretended everything was hunky dory! But the best thing you can do is be honest, they’ll understand if you need time out, or even a bit of help with certain things. They’ll do what they can to support you and feel comfortable as well. 

I’m lucky in a way that they didn’t judge, and accepted me for who I was which has helped made me settle in really well, I feel like a part of the Bakery and it’s always great to go into work. 

Whilst at work you shouldn’t feel discriminated about, there should be an Equality Act which would be in favour for you as well. You shouldn’t feel as though you’re being treated differently, and definitely shouldn’t feel as though you’re being targeted and bullied. 

Around 1 in 6 people suffer with Mental Health in a workplace, it’s not okay for you to feel like you’re not being treated fairly. 

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your mental health problem you may have a case under the Disability Discrimination Act. You can find this here. And you can find your Employment Rights here. 


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