There’s no right or wrong time to tell others at work. Some people choose to discuss their anxiety or depression at the recruitment stage, while others might decide to tell their employer if stress becomes an issue, or following a diagnosis.
Planning out what you’re going to say with a trusted person – a friend, family member, support worker or health professional – can help you to structure your ideas and the points you want to cover. You can also practise how the conversation might flow.
Speaking to a close colleague or HR officer can also be helpful. They can provide support and be in the room when you discuss your situation with your manager.
We've developed a conversations planner to help you think about what you're going to say. There's space for you to type or write notes as you go.
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