One in 10 people have taken time off work for depression, according to a large survey carried out for the European Depression Association (EDA).
Out of 7,000 people polled in the UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Spain and France, an average of 20% had received a diagnosis of depression at some point in their lives.
Of the seven countries, the UK had the highest rate of depression at 25%, whilst Italy had the lowest at 12%.
Among workers experiencing depression, 61% in Germany were most likely to take time off work, closely followed by Denmark (60%) and Britain (58%).
According to the Mori survey, an average of 36 days was taken off for the last episode of depression, a figure which varied from 41 days in the UK to 23 in Italy.
Across the countries surveyed, one in four suffering from depression said they did not tell their employer, with one in three worried it could put their job at risk.
Dr Vincenzo Costigliola, president of the EDA, said "The results of the survey show that much needs to be done in raising awareness and supporting employees and employers in recognising and managing depression in the workplace.
"We ask policymakers to consider the impact of depression on the workforce and charge them with addressing depression and workers and workplace safety."
Emer O'Neill, chief executive of the Depression Alliance, said the situation in the UK was improving.
"We have moved forward significantly. Depression and anxiety is being talked about more and is more widely recognised. GPs are more receptive.
"In addition, employers are increasingly coming to groups like us to help them provide support and put procedures in place to allow people to go through this illness like they would any other.”
Income protection can cover you if you are unable to work due to an illness such as depression.
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