I read so often about how the stigma of talking about mental health is helping so many people. But I rarely see it in practice.
I have suffered for years, it was a huge contributing factor in my marriage breakdown, but I continue to be the strong silent type, empathising with those I come across that are more open than me.
I fear that if I say things at work then it will jeopardise my opportunities, at the height of my separation I was given a lower year end grade after opening up to my manager, he was supportive day to day, but when it came down to career development there was a big red mark. It has taken me a years to build back my working reputation, without being branded as the guy with personal issues.
I see celebrities making statements about how they have suffered, and I applaud them, whilst they have to live with horrid mental states, they may not always have to address the same day to day financial issues. As my income is jeopardised if I am open, then I will keep myself to myself