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(Metro)   How can you talk about your mental health in the workplace without revealing too much of yourself?   (metro.co.uk) divider line
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223 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 25 Jan 2022 at 11:10 AM (16 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-25 10:45:07 AM  
Hand puppets.
 
2022-01-25 11:47:23 AM  
Had a co-worker, so stressed by their boss, they took therapist appointments twice a month. Didn't have to disclose what the doctor visits were at work, there's still a stigma about behavioral health, so he let the office think it was chiropractic sessions for back issues.  But the boss would always hassle this guy about being unavailable on the schedule. Guy would take one hour for the therapy sesh over lunch, and back ready to work, but the boss would cancel all his projects for the whole day, morning and afternoon, every time. Then biotch routinely about his productivity and availability as a "team player". Got to the point of angry words at one juncture, and the guy almost blurted out that he wouldn't have to take the time out for the counseling if the boss wasn't so bad in the first place.
 
2022-01-25 11:48:46 AM  

Any Pie Left: Had a co-worker, so stressed by their boss, they took therapist appointments twice a month. Didn't have to disclose what the doctor visits were at work, there's still a stigma about behavioral health, so he let the office think it was chiropractic sessions for back issues.  But the boss would always hassle this guy about being unavailable on the schedule. Guy would take one hour for the therapy sesh over lunch, and back ready to work, but the boss would cancel all his projects for the whole day, morning and afternoon, every time. Then biotch routinely about his productivity and availability as a "team player". Got to the point of angry words at one juncture, and the guy almost blurted out that he wouldn't have to take the time out for the counseling if the boss wasn't so bad in the first place.


HR is a good start...
 
2022-01-25 11:57:01 AM  
Sit at your desk and play pin-finger with the letter opener.
 
2022-01-25 12:18:00 PM  
I found that a machete is not particularly helpful
 
2022-01-25 12:29:15 PM  
How about keeping your personal issues to yourself and your therapist...don't bother others...they have their own issues to deal with.
 
2022-01-25 12:32:04 PM  
Just say it without being explicit?
 
2022-01-25 12:32:38 PM  
Not at all.....

/don't let them know anything they don't need to know.
 
2022-01-25 1:03:22 PM  
No one in the workplace wants to hear about your health issues, mental or otherwise.
 
2022-01-25 1:05:36 PM  
Open up anywhere but at work (or on a first date) (I found out).
 
2022-01-25 1:20:41 PM  
The correct answer is none.  Your coworkers are people you work with, not your friends.  If your coworkers happen to be your friends, then feel free to discuss your problems with them outside of work.

Pinner: Any Pie Left: Had a co-worker, so stressed by their boss, they took therapist appointments twice a month. Didn't have to disclose what the doctor visits were at work, there's still a stigma about behavioral health, so he let the office think it was chiropractic sessions for back issues.  But the boss would always hassle this guy about being unavailable on the schedule. Guy would take one hour for the therapy sesh over lunch, and back ready to work, but the boss would cancel all his projects for the whole day, morning and afternoon, every time. Then biotch routinely about his productivity and availability as a "team player". Got to the point of angry words at one juncture, and the guy almost blurted out that he wouldn't have to take the time out for the counseling if the boss wasn't so bad in the first place.

HR is a good start...


HR is a good end, as in feel free to tell HR about the problem in your exit interview.  An asshole boss didn't just pop into existence, they are enabled from above.
 
2022-01-25 1:30:38 PM  
Good way to let things get back to your boss. EVERY office has a brown nosed narc making points with boss. Did not read TFA because don't like data-raping 'privacy' (or lack there of) policy.
 
2022-01-25 1:53:44 PM  

RogermcAllen: The correct answer is none.  Your coworkers are people you work with, not your friends.  If your coworkers happen to be your friends, then feel free to discuss your problems with them outside of work.

Pinner: Any Pie Left: Had a co-worker, so stressed by their boss, they took therapist appointments twice a month. Didn't have to disclose what the doctor visits were at work, there's still a stigma about behavioral health, so he let the office think it was chiropractic sessions for back issues.  But the boss would always hassle this guy about being unavailable on the schedule. Guy would take one hour for the therapy sesh over lunch, and back ready to work, but the boss would cancel all his projects for the whole day, morning and afternoon, every time. Then biotch routinely about his productivity and availability as a "team player". Got to the point of angry words at one juncture, and the guy almost blurted out that he wouldn't have to take the time out for the counseling if the boss wasn't so bad in the first place.

HR is a good start...

HR is a good end, as in feel free to tell HR about the problem in your exit interview.  An asshole boss didn't just pop into existence, they are enabled from above.


If whatever shiat you are dealing with is affecting the job, your coworkers need to know what's up.

They aren't your therapist though. Share what needs to be shared and leave it at that.

Not mental health but I just started testosterone therapy. I warned my main client when I started because it can cause mood swings that could affect my output not because I needed someone to talk to about it.
 
2022-01-25 2:31:13 PM  

RogermcAllen: The correct answer is none.  Your coworkers are people you work with, not your friends.  If your coworkers happen to be your friends, then feel free to discuss your problems with them outside of work.

Pinner: Any Pie Left: Had a co-worker, so stressed by their boss, they took therapist appointments twice a month. Didn't have to disclose what the doctor visits were at work, there's still a stigma about behavioral health, so he let the office think it was chiropractic sessions for back issues.  But the boss would always hassle this guy about being unavailable on the schedule. Guy would take one hour for the therapy sesh over lunch, and back ready to work, but the boss would cancel all his projects for the whole day, morning and afternoon, every time. Then biotch routinely about his productivity and availability as a "team player". Got to the point of angry words at one juncture, and the guy almost blurted out that he wouldn't have to take the time out for the counseling if the boss wasn't so bad in the first place.

HR is a good start...

HR is a good end, as in feel free to tell HR about the problem in your exit interview.  An asshole boss didn't just pop into existence, they are enabled from above.


^^^ This ..HR works for the company and doesn't give two shiats about you. I work in health care and I can assure you that they only have the profit of the company in mind.
 
2022-01-25 6:18:27 PM  

Boudyro: Not mental health but I just started testosterone therapy. I warned my main client when I started because it can cause mood swings that could affect my output not because I needed someone to talk to about it.


Unfortunately, my shiat reached the point where I have to quit jobs over it, so my co-workers generally know.  Before I quit. Then I dont care anymore, because its all real and I have to do what I have to do.  You don't want to admit it, but I'm on the antidepressants and pretty avoidant of everything, and that's not going to change.

Besides, everyone is mentally ill now, so if you mention something, at least a few people know exactly what you're talking about.
 
2022-01-25 11:35:46 PM  

cryinoutloud: Boudyro: Not mental health but I just started testosterone therapy. I warned my main client when I started because it can cause mood swings that could affect my output not because I needed someone to talk to about it.

Unfortunately, my shiat reached the point where I have to quit jobs over it, so my co-workers generally know.  Before I quit. Then I dont care anymore, because its all real and I have to do what I have to do.  You don't want to admit it, but I'm on the antidepressants and pretty avoidant of everything, and that's not going to change.

Besides, everyone is mentally ill now, so if you mention something, at least a few people know exactly what you're talking about.


Mental health is a spectrum. I think the wonderful evolutionary adaptation sitting in our skulls is a bit too . . . I dunno is sensitive is the right word.

Brains are amazing things, but they can also be sent off the deep end with just the right nudge.

Introduce me to a person who hasn't dealt with some shiat and I'll hand the infant right back to you. Even some babies start off with the deck stacked against them.

That's why I'm not shy about my shiat, or that I see someone to help me try and deal with it. We need to be a lot more open about how farked up we are so at the very least we don't have to be farked up AND walking around thinking we're the only ones who are.
 
2022-01-26 7:26:20 AM  
I work very closely with a handful of people and we're all cheerfully farked up and let it all out.  I am the one person who has serious mental health issues from time to time and my boss is understanding when I'm too PTSDed to come in, so I can work from home.

Some places I've worked, I didn't want anyone to know a damn thing about me.
 
2022-01-26 10:36:36 AM  
Why does my dog keep saying "Kill, Kill, Kill"
 
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