You may be visiting this site if you’re currently struggling with work-related mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety or depression. These health problems can be triggered by situations at work such as excessive workloads, too much responsibility too soon and lack of support from managers.
It’s easy to start off being enthusiastic in a new role, but very quickly you can start to feel a lack of control and that you can’t do your job properly, which may make you feel inadequate as a person, and affect the other areas of your life (social life, family life etc).
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), work-related stress, depression or anxiety is defined as “a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.”
Work-related stress and depression is widespread and is not confined to particular sectors, jobs or industries. It can hit anyone at any level of the business, from an office junior to a CEO. It does not discriminate based on age, experience, gender or ability.
If you are currently ill or struggling, you might be blaming yourself for not being able to cope at work, but often this happens as a result of excessive workload, lack of support, bullying, unrealistic deadlines and many other factors that are outside of your control.
If you are facing one or more of these issues, it can seem like a very lonely place. You may be finding it difficult to sleep, dread getting up in the morning, be lacking in energy, be comfort eating or not eating enough, or be using alcohol or drugs as a crutch to cope with the situation. Please take a look at the Work-Related Issues section to find out more about these situations, what to do if you are affected and to get advice on the most suitable course of action to take.
The total number of reported cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers. (HSE Report 2016)
Sometimes we push ourselves too hard for too long. Depression is a sign that you have been too strong for too long, and your body needs to rest and heal. Work is not your life, we work to live (although many people would say that they live to work).
Identifying yourself as your job can be unhealthy – we need to live a balanced lifestyle to get the most out of life. Please take a look at the Self-Care section to learn more about how to achieve a good work/life balance and learn life-long techniques to help you to get well and stay well in the future.
Finally, it was important to include information on alternatives to employment (please see the Self-Employment section). Many people who suffer at work may find that they are happier being self-employed. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but you may find that a different work style suits you better and helps you to manage long-term mental health issues in a way that suits you and your lifestyle.
As Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
This site aims to educate, inspire and provide some comfort to you if you are going through a bad time. You are definitely not alone. Sometimes we have to go through difficult times to become stronger and know what we don’t want in our lives.
Going down what seems like the wrong road is setting you up to get on the right path. There are plenty of people and organisations out there to help you, never lose hope. Keep going and you will find that you end up happier than you ever could have imagined!