Since working has been a big part of his recovery from mental illness, Marcus is grateful to his boss Jose for allowing him to be honest about his mental health challenges in the workplace.
At first me, I was in denial. I thought that I was like everyone else, which I am, in a way, but with a mental illness. It was hard for me being who I was without having people judge me. Jose, he’s not, like, just any supervisor, you know? When I’m at work he’s my supervisor, yeah, but it doesn’t feel like, “OK, he’s the boss, he’s my supervisor, I can’t make him mad today.” So it feels, you know, we have a relationship that builds every time I go to work. He doesn’t look at me as the oddball. He doesn’t look at me, you know, as the oddball in the room, OK? He treats me like a person, you know, like a human being that I am. If you have a mental disability then you have it. You have to embrace it and try to help people with your experiences that you have learned through your journey. So you have to
Say it out loud. That’s what I do.