In the poll, 42 per cent of the 2,000 people asked by the Mental Health Foundation said that they'd rather tell their employer that they had a physical illness like a stomach bug than reaveal they were taking time off for their mental health. Further, a shocking nine per cent of respondents said that they'd experienced abuse at work because of their mental illness.
This woman, however, is working to combat preconceptions, especially around the fact that those suffering from a mental health issue can't be productive at work.
Taking to the social media site Twitter, she countered this claim in an excellent string of tweets.
Opening her thread, she wrote:
Mental health stigma is conflating someone’s productivity and success with their mental wellness. There’s lots of successful and productive people who struggle with mental health.
She then continued:
I personally have anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
I also struggle with PTSD from being raped and the traumatic arrest I endured at the Alton Sterling protest in 2016.
I also run a nonprofit and have a book coming out soon.
One doesn’t negate the other.
Several other people then added to the thread, sharing how many creative, successful people have suffered with mental health issues.
@BlairImani @TheKitchenista As a mental health professional some the most task oriented, goal driven , successful p… https://t.co/2J0Ry4gNhr