We’re nearing the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, where we have been sharing examples of our colleagues who are thriving at work – even with a mental health condition. You can too!
Kate Williams, Employment Advisor at Remploy, has experienced anxiety and depression. Here’s her story…
I have suffered from anxiety and depression since I was at university, but I thought I was managing it alright by myself. It would occasionally resurface, but I made myself keep going. This was until four years ago when I started to really feel the pressure from my job, which was compounded by workplace bullying. The anxiety and depression returned and my doctor signed me off sick, prescribed me anti-depressants and got me to see a counsellor.
This was until four years ago when I started to really feel the pressure from my former job, which was compounded by workplace bullying. The anxiety and depression returned and my doctor signed me off sick, prescribed me anti-depressants and suggested I see a counsellor.
My local JobCentre Plus referred me to Remploy, which I did feel as a sort of respite from the pressures and stresses of the jobcentre.
The Remploy team in Newport were all very nice and my advisor never put any pressure on me to rush into anything. I was enrolled on an Education Programme for Patients Cymru course run by the NHS, which I found very helpful in giving me tools to manage my anxiety and depression.
In May last year, my advisor organised a four week placement for me in the Remploy Newport office. I really enjoyed it as it was good to be back in an office environment again and feel as though I was being useful. The whole team there were friendly and helpful, and it felt as though I fitted in right away. So much so, that my placement kept being extended, until, in November, I was offered a permanent full-time job. This felt like a new beginning for me, and six months in I’m still really enjoying it.
I still have anxiety and depression and can’t pretend that it doesn’t rear it’s head sometimes. I have a newfound confidence and have been able to do things in the last six months that I never could have done before. In fact, one aspect of my job that I do particularly like, is helping people in a similar position to where I was only a year and a half ago, and hopefully allowing them to improve their confidence and self-belief, so they too can make a new start in something they enjoy.
Supporting more people to thrive at work
Too few of us are thriving. We need to change that! If you think you could benefit from support, then take a look at our training courses, specific to supporting individuals with their mental health.