Live Blog: CIPD 2017 #Think Conference – Jess Dunsdon

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email

Anxiety and its impacts on a newsreader

Jess Dunsdon is an ITV presenter who candidly put down her mic and took centre stage for a brave and touching insight into her struggle with anxiety. For Jess, it felt like she was constantly being chased by a tiger with no escape. Her nerves were shot to pieces, she could not breathe for 9 months as it felt like an Elephant was sat on her chest. These are not easy things to admit and shows real guts and courage to sit there in front of strangers and talk us through her experience. Here I have focused on some of the key learning points from her experience.

Impact on her work

Jess still went to work but inside felt like she was dying. She was more anxious at being signed off rather than concerned with the impact going to work was having on her. Now she views it as at bit silly for not taking time off work. She wished employers had sat her down and told her to go home whilst assuring her she would be reintroduced to work at a slower pace she was happy with. If others are going through this experience she says:

“I wish I could tell myself that there was going to be an end so telling yourself it will get better is really important. Recovery is different for everyone. Small steps, although its not glamorous can help get you through. Keep moving forward.”

This was live-blogged during a session at the CIPD Jersey #Think Conference – I’ve tried to capture a faithful summary of the highlights for me but my own bias, views – and the odd typo – might well creep in.

About The Author

Stay current On Your Favourite Topics

Subscribe and get updates

By entering your e-mail you agree to our our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

More To Explore

Jon Watkins

Behaviour matters in leadership

A blinkered drive towards meeting organisational outcomes for success at all costs, often ignores the fundamental importance of sustaining a happy and engaged workforce who genuinely want to come to work every day. So, leadership cannot afford to ignore poor attitudes and behaviours in themselves and others and acknowledge the potential and necessity that a more resilient workplace culture is both possible and likely. 

Read More »