Design leadership and mental health: challenges, questions, and (some) answers

Problems with mental health can have a huge negative impact on our work, especially when we’re trying to create, design, or code. How do we function as excellent team leads when dealing with the additional challenges posed by mental illness in our teams?

I speak both as a design + front-end development lead, and as someone who deals with severe anxiety and depression on a daily basis. What useful questions can we ask to build better spaces for mental health in our industry – and what could some of these answers look like?