Published on 09/10/2012
New research by Aviva shows that there is a steady increase in the number of UK employees claiming for psychiatric disorders on income protection and health insurance policies.
In 2011, conditions like depression, stress and anxiety were the biggest cause of claim on Aviva’s income protection cover for both individual and corporate customers, with 28% claiming for such conditions.
Of all the income protection claims made in 2011 for psychiatric conditions, moderate depression was most common (28%), followed by anxiety (15%) and stress (12%).
The average age at which employees began an income protection claim for a mental health condition was 43.
The average time in claim for such a condition is nine years.
Whilst more than a quarter of UK employees believe there is less stigma associated with mental health in the workplace than a year ago, 56% think that mental health will always carry more stigma than physical illness.
However, the study does show that the number one health initiative that employers would like to implement is more support for employees with mental health issues (34%).
Dr Doug Wright, medical director for Aviva, UK Health, says: “It’s good to see that employees are beginning to feel less stigma at work concerning mental health issues, and that many employers have more understanding and want to offer support.”
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