Mental Health: An Employees Anonymous Experience

As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness week, PsycHR wants to share with you a true story of mental health. Sometimes, HR and Managers may not have experienced mental ill health themselves, and so may find it hard to understand what an employee is going through. This true and honest account from an anonymous employee (name has been changed), was willing to share his own experience in order to raise awareness and improve the understanding of mental health in the workplace.

John's story

"Imagine waking up each morning with an underlying fear of something going wrong. A feeling you cannot control or shake off, only suppress. Sometimes the feeling gets so overwhelming that you cannot function, nor can you pinpoint exactly why you feel the way that you do. You have good days and bad days. But even on good days, you seem to have a sense of sadness because you almost feel that you don’t deserve to be happy. There are so many triggers that can take you from being at your best to going back to your dark place. You feel emotion and compassion towards other people, and often take on their concerns, maybe with a view of trying to distract from your own. Sometimes it all gets a bit much and you simply want to hide and not speak to or see anyone. You almost want the earth to swallow you up alive. A lot of the time you just simply don’t understand why you feel the way that you do and that’s the hardest thing to try to explain to someone else, as ultimately, you don’t have the answers yourself"


If you have been affected by the content of this blog or need any support, some resources are listed here...

- Depression

- Anxiety

- Stress

- BiPolar


- Alcohol

- Relationships

- Financial Pressures

- Suicide

- More


PsycHR can support with any workplace advice contact us or visit our website at

We offer Wellbeing Assessments for employees who are currently absent to give workplace recommendations for return to work, reintegration, and continued support. PsycHR support managers with advice, HR professionals with complex case management, highlight legal risks, work with employees who feel they may not be getting the support they need from their organisation, and of course provide specialist mental health training for the workplace.

Explore our Mental Health Training modules and packages here

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