Am I sharing too much about my mental health online and does my honesty put off prospective employers?

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    Will blogging about my mental illness put off potential employers?
    At what point does it become over-sharing? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    I’ve been blogging about mental health for several years now, but I’ve always kept it on the down low.

    A secret little hobby of mine, I’ve been privately airing my dirty laundry in a little corner of the internet where we all say lovely things to each other and offer support to those in need.

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    I manage depression and anxiety everyday and being able to talk openly about it on the internet is something which has been key to my recovery, because it helps me feel less alone.

    But recently I’ve started to wonder if documenting my mental illness online is putting off prospective employers?

    I make a small wage from writing online, but I also work as a waitress to top up my monthly income.

    When I Google my own name, my blog comes up on the first page. That’s is great news for my career as a mental health writer, but what about the other job I have to hold down to make ends meet?

    I like to think that including my blog on my CV has always been a good thing.

    It’s a good conversation starter and shows that I am a bit of a go-getter who can use my own initiative, my unique selling point if you will.

    Luckily my current boss is very open and accommodating, but I worry that in the future my honest approach might go against me when potential employers have a nosey at what I do online.

    My main concern is that I expose all of my weaknesses.

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    Having a place to vent really helps (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    I make a big deal about how hard I find it to work in customer service whilst struggling with depression and anxiety, I preach about how important it is to take sick days when you feel mentally unwell, and I scold anyone who refuses to assist those with mental illness in the workplace.

    I complain quite openly about my job, but the truth is that my happiness depends on it.

    When I get stressed, worried or overworked I get depressed, and when I get depressed I need to vent.

    For some people that might mean calling a friend, going for a pint or doing some retail therapy.

    I personally find the most effective form of therapy for me is writing down exactly how I feel.

    Yes, I could write poetically in a beautiful notebook which I stash under my pillow every night, but that simply doesn’t do the trick.

    What really helps me is helping others.

    I can type up an emotionally charged blog post in under an hour, hit publish and within minutes I can reach someone else who completely understands how I feel.

    Reaching those people is what’s most important to me, and if I put off prospective employers at the same time then so be it.

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