I started grappling with my own mental health in 2017, but it had been a long time coming and I had been unknowingly unwell for a long time.
It was a friend at work who clocked what was going on and diagnosed me with old friends – anxiety and depression.
Two breakdowns, three therapists, countless books, podcasts, pills and walks later, I had spent two years trying to manage my mental health alongside my Head of Communications job and was exhausted.
After 11 years in communications, I took redundancy in 2019 and set up mad and sad club to start working in mental health, by which time I was pretty much an expert in being mad at work.
I help people understand, talk about and take action on mental health at work.
I also write, speak and run an online community with over 700 members – come join the club on Instagram.
A guest blog for CIPR Inside, digging into the CIPR State of the Profession report, showing increased levels of mental health issues in the comms industry.
A piece commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Building to help their members consider the mental health of their staff and what can be done about it.
I shared my story with phenomenal creative agency Alive with Ideas, exploring the link between creativity and mental health. In writing this piece I realised that as my mental health improved, I have discovered previously unknown sources of creativity.