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 essentially diagnosed me with the dream team – 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 provide honest, human and practical advice to help organisations start conversations and ultimately take action on mental health at work.
I also write, speak and run an online community with over 600 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.