Opening up about mental illness at work

Interesting story on Twitter yesterday, covered in The Telegraph:

Roy Ward gathered thousands of followers on the social networking site after he tweeted: “Dear Twitter, I just opened up to my boss about my depression and she’s indicated she might have to fire me. Erm, help?”He later posted a link and a message saying: “Here is my letter of dismissal. FUN TIMES. ‘Dear Roy It is with regret that we must terminate your contract.’”

He added: “’We’re a small company, there’s no room for passengers’ – My boss after I told her about my depression and how I’m getting help with it.”

Within a few hours his hashtag @badlydrawnroy was trending on Twitter and thousands of users began contacting him to offer their support and advice, including the Tory MP Louise Mensch, former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.Mrs Mensch described the case as “appalling”, while Mr Campbell said that if true, it showed that “we’re still in the dark ages”.

Others, including several users claiming to be lawyers, suggested that he take the company, which has not been named, to an employment tribunal.Mr Ward, from Leeds, last night thanked his new army of followers and said he was “looking at my options” in challenging his dismissal.

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