In a previous post we discussed the report that indicated that 38% of events professionals suffer with mental health issues (and I still believe it’s much higher than that) which is a massive issue for the industry. Within the past week a contact has been signed off work with extreme anxiety and is determined that his employer doesn’t find out the real reason he is off sick. In his words, “you can’t have that kind of weakness in sales!”
Do mental health issues still carry a stigma in the workplace and count against you? Does it affect your career prospects? How do we address that? Should the industry be addressing that or is it for each individual to manage their own mental health?