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This is why we don’t discuss mental health at work

To talk about any aspect of our personal lives in the workplace requires us to feel secure and accepted. In short: the opposite of how mental illness can make us feel

By Mark Brown  

It's not just mental health—few of us are happy bringing our personal lives to work. Photo: PA

The idea that we might be our own authentic self at work is one that has its attractions and its own particular horrors. We might like the idea of bringing our whole self to work when our whole self feels comfortable, competent and fulfilled—but it’s a different proposition when that self is ailing, and where challenges to our mental health may unbalance our equilibrium.

A survey of 2000 British workers carried out for…

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