Fear of stigma stops employees with mental health problems from speaking out

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A survey, published by mental health charity Rethink, shows that nearly six in ten British workers (59%) say they would feel uncomfortable talking to their line manager if they had a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Fear of losing their job was the main reason people gave for feeling uncomfortable, closely followed by concern about colleagues finding out about their diagnosis. Nearly one in five (18%) respondents said they would be concerned that their line manager would think they were ‘mad’ or overlook them for promotion (17%).

Key findings:

  • 9% of British employees say they would feel ‘very’ comfortable talking to their line manager about a mental health condition, 24% say they would feel ‘fairly’ comfortable.
  • 27% would feel ‘not very’ comfortable and 32% ‘not at all’ comfortable.
  • More than a quarter (26%) of respondents who said they

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