If you struggle with your mental health, it can be hard to know whether you should tell your boss. When you look at your colleagues, chances are you don’t know which ones are struggling with their mental health. This is because their struggles might not be obvious to you.

However, approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental health concerns.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Some people assume that showing they have mental health concerns is a sign of weakness. However, showing that you have some vulnerabilities is actually a sign of strength.

It might not be obvious to you that other people have mental health concerns. However, have you thought about whether your mental health issues are obvious to them? Chances are they’re not.

How to Tell Your Boss About Your Mental Health 

  • Consider what you need – Why are you considering talking to your boss? Do you need some support, deadline flexibility, or to work from home? If you’re not sure of the answer yet, wait until you know. 
  • Choose the right time and place – Try to speak to your boss when they’re not too busy. Wait until the office is quiet, if you can. This will allow them to concentrate on what you’re saying. Meet them outside if you can so your conversation seems less official. 

  • Speak to your boss – You don’t need to make the conversation complicated. Be very clear, tell them how your mental health is affecting your work, and keep it professional at all times. Remember your boss is not a therapist.
  • Look after yourself – Once you’ve had the conversation take care of yourself. Consider what you want to do next. Taking care of yourself outside of work can help you to have a better sense of well-being while you’re at work. 

Try not to be ashamed of your mental health. Everyone has struggles from time to time. If you’re struggling, please ask your doctor for help. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk