According to estimates from The Mental Health Foundation, one in four of us will experience some sort of mental health issue in the course of a year. These problems can range from more common ailments such as depression and anxiety, to more rare illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Despite these statistics, there is still a sense of stigma and a lack of understanding which can make returning to work after illness stressful. Colleagues who are unfamiliar with mental illness can make assumptions that are incorrect and may be cautious or even apprehensive around those diagnosed with a mental health problem.
The impact of this kind of stigma can cause employees to be excluded and made to feel ‘different’. If you are concerned about returning to work after a mental illness, the following tips could help:
Talk to your manager and colleagues
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