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Recently I have been to GP about work related stress. He referred me to blood tests and said will discuss about GPMP.
So, my husband thinks its not a good idea to have this mental health plan and when my employer knows about it, they will put a black mark on my profile saying that I cant handle any stress in the work place. And it would affect in the future when I want to change jobs.
Is this true?
P.S. Pls don’t judge my husband. He does want me to take help, but he is just worried about all the above things.
Thanks for any help.


Posted anonymously, 23rd February 2021


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  • As your Doctor wants to put you on a Mental Health Plan, I would suggest you go for it. No one should have to go through this on their own. A Mental Health Plan is a step forward to getting well. Your employer does not need to know about your diagnosis or your treatment plans, this is all confidential between you and your Doctor.
    Please think about getting help. There is light at the end of the dark tunnel.


  • I had this fear too, and it meant I delayed accessing the help that I needed. As many people have commented, your medical records are confidential, your gp is not allowed to discuss anything like this with anyone without your documented prior approval. With a greater awareness visibility of mental well being and health, we will hopefully lessen the stigma that mental health used to have. We think nothing of having our car serviced, and a mental health plan kinda is a service for our head that means we ‘run’ better. I know this question was asked a while ago now, but I hope this reply is still valid for anyone reading it, and I hope you have been able to access the help suggested. Hang on in there – it does get better.


  • My understanding is that if you access counselling that is paid by work, then your employer will know you have accessed it but they will not know the reason why. There is currently a strong focus on mental health and mental health awareness and your employer could not be seen to be discriminating in any way. If you access through the GP and go private, I cannot see how your employer would know at all. Long term, if your work is causing you stress and requiring blood tests, it might be time to look for something else?


  • I don’t think its a uncommon view for people to worry that a employers knowledge of your mental health might be held against you. Its so sad that this stigma still exists. I think it depends on your work places policies, you want to ensure you have it in writing that they can’t discriminate against you for seeking treatment. Your treatment should be seen as a strength,


  • Sorry to hear you are suffering so much. What is discussed between your doctor and yourself is between you both. If you go onto a health management plan, I don’t see that it has anything to do with your employer, well, I don’t feel that you would have to tell them. Your health and well being is the most important, and seeking help and assistance is great. Wishing you well.


  • Your mental health is way more important than your job. If somehow your employer found out about your private medical history and you were disadvantaged because of that, then it most definitely isn’t the right place for you. Please put yourself first for yourself and your family.


  • I’m not sure how your employer would become aware of it? That’s a private issue between your GP and yourself. It would be a breach in privacy laws for the GP to disclose that without your consent.
    Any employer who discriminates against someone for mental health issues; that’s illegal.
    My employer provides us with free counselling through EAP and while they’re aware you might ‘go’ they don’t know the ‘why’s’.
    I think it would be unlikely you’d get a black mark.
    Good luck with it all.


  • I don’t believe your employer needs to know. What happens between you and your doctor or health care provider is confidential. I have a friend who has sought help for work related stress and has found her GP’s advice to be invaluable. Her employer and colleagues do not know she has sought help. She is coping much better since seeking help.


  • Mental health is a private thing between you and your doctor and your therapist. Your employer has no reason to know as appointments can be made after hours or during lunch breaks. My friend see’s her therapist at 8pm and she has a option of seeing her on Saturday mornings as well. Due to COVID more therapist’s are available after hours and on weekends as well as ZOOM meetings one on one! Your husband sounds like a GEM looking out for your best interests!! Best of luck. Take one day at a time, deal with that! Yesterday has gone so forget about that and tomorrow has not come so enjoy TODAY!


  • Your employer has no need to know. Mental health is a touchy subject that Not many people understand. If your brave enough to take that step.to get help DO IT…..dont let it simmer…..why does your work need to know it is NONE of their business…


  • Why would your employer know about it? That’s private information. The GP can’t share it without your permission.


  • Everything should be confidential unless you tell your work place. Otherwise they will not know about it.


  • Information and plans between patient and GP should be private and confidential. Good luck with getting support.


  • You’re employer won’t know unless you tell them and I don’t think they can use it yo treat you in fairly anyway


  • They aren’t allowed to put that on your record. The only health things they are allowed to put down is what you tell them, say if you have diabetes and other medical illnesses. It’s wonderful of your husband to care tell him not to worry. I worked at our local hospital and they knew about my illnesses but not about what treatment I was receiving such as seeing a phycologist for my depression.


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