'I had chest pains, my vision went and I was on the floor' – one Linklaters partner on his mental health breakdown

Investment funds partner Jonathan de Lance-Holmes recounts his stress-related breakdown

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Legal Week has invited law firm partners to talk about how mental health issues have impacted their careers and the coping strategies they have adopted. Here, Linklaters partner Jonathan de Lance-Holmes discusses his stress-related breakdown

In about 1995, I had a classic stress-related breakdown. I collapsed in the Moscow office and was medivacked out of Russia. I thought I was having a heart attack – it was a classic example of not recognising what the symptoms might be of a developing crisis, not helped by genuinely well-meaning people not realising what to look for and therefore accidentally making things worse.