Workforce 'worried' about discussing mental health

More than 75 per cent of Welsh people would worry about disclosing a mental health condition at work, fearing a negative response from their employer - according to a new survey.

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'Very difficult' to discuss mental health in workplace

Paul Booth is a successful businessman. He also has bipolar disorder and now campaigns for an overhaul in workplace mental health.

A lot of people who didn't have a diagnosed condition would come to me and say, 'you're so brave. I've got a condition but I don't tell anybody because I know it would kill my career'. That was mentioned to me numerous times.

In South Africa, as long as it was out in the open, it was like there was no elephant in the room, nothing waiting to come out. It would be very difficult to be that open about my condition in the UK. I think I would struggle to get a job, to be honest.

– Paul Booth

Workers 'fear disclosing mental health conditions'

More than three-quarters of those surveyed said they would be worried to raise a mental health issue at work. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

More than three-quarters of people in Wales would worry about disclosing a mental health condition at work, according to a new survey.

Research from the Priory Group found that people would be reluctant to mention a condition for fear of a negative reaction from their employer.

It believes more than 130,000 people in Wales diagnosed with a mental health condition may be suffering in silence.

There's a huge amount of stigma out there, especially in the workplace. I've had numerous cases where people have been sacked because of their depression; they've been discriminated against because of a mental illness.

I think the big thing is the impact of stigma. People generally say that the stigma of having a diagnosed mental illness can be as bad as the symptoms that they actually experience.

– Dr Richard Bowskill, Priory Group Consultant Psychiatrist


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