Benefits of sharing your story
Sharing your story can:
- show that people can continue to work and manage depression/anxiety effectively
- encourage others to speak openly about their experience with depression/anxiety. You may be surprised by how many of your colleagues have also experienced depression or anxiety at some point in their life, or supported a loved one
- help others experiencing depression/anxiety to take action
- encourage your employer to make workplace mental health a priority.
Sharing your experience of depression and/or anxiety can be emotionally challenging, so it’s important to make sure you’re ready. Discuss your decision with someone you trust and talk through your motivations, what you might say and how you’ll deal with different reactions.
Make sure you develop a plan to take care of yourself, including someone to debrief with afterwards.