When depression hits, there’s no escaping it. You carry it with you everywhere, like Linus and his blue blanket. And considering you spend 40+ hours a week at work, clearly, depression follows you there, too. It’s not like you can leave it with the coat check.
Funny enough, despite the fact that many millions of people are suffering from depression (and it stands to reason, suffering from depression at work) — no one wants to talk about it.
Admitting to a struggle with depression is even more taboo in the workplace than anywhere else, with people afraid they’ll be fired or rejected or labeled a loser by current or future employers.
It’s time to put this stigma to bed.
Depression at work has gnarly consequences, and they aren’t about to improve until we start addressing this issue and talking openly about it. On that note, here’s a piece I wrote for LinkedIn on this very topic.
Join me in starting the conversation.