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Recession causing worker health problems, study reveals

Published on 17/05/2010
The recession could be leading to an increase in ill health as stress in the workplace takes its toll on British employees.

A study by mental health charity Mind has found that one in ten workers has sought support from their doctors as a direct result of increased pressure at work.

Furthermore, seven per cent have started taking antidepressants for stress and mental health problems, while five per cent have seen counsellors.

The findings, taken from a poll of 2050 people, suggest that the recession has a large part to play in stress-related illness at work, with 28 per cent of respondents working longer hours as a result of the current financial difficulties.

In addition, half said employee morale is low and a third claimed staff are having to compete against each other.

Mind's chief executive Paul Farmer said: "Considering how much time we spend at work, it is hardly surprising that it can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing.

"A bad work environment can be damaging and can trigger a wide range of problems from exhaustion to depression, while having a good working life is proven to be an asset for our overall mental health."

According to the Health and Safety Executive's statistics, 24.6 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health in 2008/09.
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