Apologies for the lengthy post.
In April 2014 I commenced work as a HR & HS Manager for a family run business which now employees 280 staff across 5 sites in the North West. I was employed as a standalone as the person before me literally dipped in and out for 2-3 days a week covering both roles and they wanted someone full time as they were, and are continuing to, acquire further businesses. Before I joined HR was more of an after thought and seen as not important, this has changed dramatically since I began but I have put a lot of work in to ensure they see not only the value of HR but also me and I am now part of the Senior Leadership Team with 3 others.
As you can imagine my role is very varied and I love my role for this reason but lately the workload is becoming more and more unmanageable and I dread coming in to work. I have spoken to my Manager (who is one of the MDs that owns the business) to see if there is the possibility of getting me some help in the form of an Admin. He has confirmed he would be happy to do this on a temporary basis but sees no need for a permanent solution.
I am completely at a loss now. I am struggling, the admin side of my role is very heavy particularly as we have a lot of new starters and leavers and there is a lot of recruitment to do (mainly Milk Roundspersons its not a job for everyone given the hours and weather conditions). I am concerned that come April when Contracts have to be issued on day one that I will start to fall flat on my face and I have no idea how I am going to cope, I sometimes don't even know about starters until they are not paid the following week! Appreciate this is getting the managers to keep me informed but the admin that comes with a new starter or leaver is huge
I am now covering HR, H&S - which includes a manufacturing site, and being asked to undertake long term strategic projects and the stress is now affecting me quite badly, particularly in my home life. I feel unable to declare this as one of the MD's is aware I have a mental health problem and whilst I have not had an episode in over 6 years - way before I started work here - they are not very accommodating or sensitive to those employees who do go off or find themselves needing time to self heal. Before Christmas I contemplated finding another role but I really like the business and the people here and given my mental health don't really feel strong enough to find another role.
Does anyone have any experience of asking for extra assistance? Should I gamble and tell them about my mental health? As an aside I was diagnosed 16 years ago and have for the most part kept it under control with drugs and a wonderful GP who continues to support me.