Design For Life

How do I get my colleagues to acknowledge my breakdown?

This week, clinical hypnotherapist Fiona Brennan advises a reader on how to talk to colleagues about their breakdown, which resulted in a lengthy leave from work

The working environment is very challenging to navigate for anyone feeling mentally and emotionally vulnerable

Dear Expert,

Last year, I had a breakdown that meant I had to take extended leave from work. I'm much better now and back in my job, but I notice that a lot of my former pals at work are a bit distant from me. After asking me if I was all right, they quickly moved on from the subject. In some ways, this is a relief, because I had been worried about how to ...