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I sometimes struggle with my mental health. 

Updated: Apr 1

That doesn’t mean I have a mental illness.

It means:

When I think about starting a family, and having a chronic health condition, I sometimes doubt I can cope.

When I look at my cashflow as I'm about to buy a house, I feel anxious.  

When I’m on LinkedIn, I'm exposed to amazing competitors and can judge myself for not doing enough.

I don’t believe I am alone in this. 

What these experiences have in common is that they are circumstantial. We are under pressure, in a precarious, overwhelming age. It’s not your moral failure. 

As I put my hand up to say I struggle with my mental health, I feel shame. I compare myself (again) to other people who seem to have it all together. I worry will it mean that people won't want to work with me.

But I find the courage to say this because, actually, it’s normal. And I've got this.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We need more people to say they sometimes struggle so that the people who are really struggling can feel permission to break out of their isolation and open up.

Together, we can break the stigma around mental health.

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