Anxiety and depression among UK workers at record high

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Anxiety and depression among workers in the UK has hit a record high, rising by nearly a third in the last four years, new figures reveal, reported The Independent. Research by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), seen exclusively by The Independent, shows that rates of moderate to extreme anxiety and depression among employees has soared by 30.5 per cent since records began in 2013. Part-time workers appear to be bearing the brunt, with the figure among this group having risen by more than a third (33.6 per cent) in the same period. The findings, published on Mental Health Awareness Day, have prompted urgent calls for the Government to ensure better mental health provision in the workplace, with campaigners urging the Government to “speed up” on delivering a review into the issue that was promised earlier this year. Collated from a GP Patient Survey with 781,174 respondents – 346,465 of whom were in full time employment and 105,040 who were part-time workers, the findings show that rates of moderate to extreme anxiety and depression among workers have risen from just over 7 per cent in 2013 to nearly 10 per cent in 2017. In 2013, the rate for those in full-time employment was 6.85 per cent, in 2017 this has risen to 8.89 per cent – a rise of 29.7 per cent. For those in part-time employment the rate of 8.66 per cent in 2013 has risen to 11.57 per cent in 2017 – a rise of 33.6 per cent. There were also rises across the population as a whole, although these were lower, with rates of moderate to extreme anxiety or depression among the population as a whole having increased by 15 per cent in the same period.–Agencies

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