This issue is really close to home for me. As someone who has suffered in the past with anxiety, I know first hand how hard it can be to open up about this to your employers. I always just expected to not be taken seriously if I was honest about my mental health so instead I soldiered on with the outside not at all reflecting what was happening on the inside.
I hoped that by now with all of the press out there about mental health that we might be past this regressive attitude of what mental health really is. It isn't just a 'pretend' illness, or someone who is feeling a 'bit down' or someone being too much of a worrier. It is an illness just like the flu, migraines, asthma. But it is an illness that cant just be cured with a day in bed and some antibiotics. What it really needs is human support and understanding. Feeling like you are too scared to tell your boss that you need to take a day off for your own mental well being isn't going to help recovery if anything it is going to hinder it.
I am one of the lucky ones, who now works in a happy, secure and supportive environment that means I never have to worry about support being there if I need it. However, this isn't the case for many which is saddening. I really hope that as time goes on things change drastically and needing time off for mental health becomes just as important as needing time off for physical and visible illness. Only time will tell.
For a nation who famously would rather talk about the weather, isn’t it time we opened up about the issues that are really getting us down? Why is mental health still such a taboo subject for us Brits?