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This year's #WorldMentalHealthDay focuses on mental health in the workplace. Professor Ruth Green, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Glenfield Hospital, wanted ...to share her story as part of our Time to Change campaign:
"I have suffered from recurrent depression for about fifteen years. Over that time I've learnt that it is part of me but it doesn't define me. As long as I am wary of things that might affect my mental health I can stay well and be happy and successful.
It hasn't always been easy to remember this working as a consultant in a busy medical speciality making tough stressful decisions, trying to develop services, undertake clinical research and train others. Throw in the wonderfully chaotic family life that many of us share and I guess it's no surprise that I've struggled at times. But work can be an important source of support too with many people who are keen to help, sometimes as part of their work role, sometimes because they or their loved ones have shared similar experiences. The kindness and understanding of colleagues have been especially valuable to me.
One or two in particular have always been in my corner, listening, encouraging, and never judging. When my thoughts have been full of despair and I've found it hard to find my way through, they've reminded me of my successes, emphasised my value to the team, pointed me in the direction of others who can help and gently motivated me back to my best. A simple "how are you doing?" also goes a long way.
With this backing at work and the care of family, friends and professionals I'm doing pretty well. I've been able to juggle several senior roles, look after two busy kids, run the occasional marathon and was made an honorary professor earlier this year.
In the past there have been times when I’ve needed to take time away from work to recover and I remember feeling ashamed and anxious that people would think badly of me if they discovered why I was off. I have come to recognise that I was creating this stigma myself - it was my perception rather than the reality.
I now try to look out for others and encourage them to open up; it doesn’t work for everyone but talking about how I am feeling has always helped me. I used to worry about sharing my experience and it still feels a bit uncomfortable, but without talking about mental health how can we support each other? How can we make our workplace a happy and healthy one, for the sake of ourselves and our patients? It's time to change."