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October 19, 2017

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Mental Health

Calls for urgent action after anxiety & depression levels rise by a third

Calls for an urgent review of workplace practices have been made following alarming statistics that reveal moderate to extreme anxiety in the workplace has risen by a third since 2013.

The call by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) follows new research the rise to be most extreme in part-time workers, who have seen stress levels rise by 33.6% since 2013.

Anxiety and depression rates have increased less for full time workers – rising from 7% to 10% over the same period.

UKCP is now calling for an urgent review due to the data.

Extremely worrying

Chief Executive of the Council, Professor Sarah Niblock said, “It is extremely worrying. Ministers must realise that the crisis is here, and the crisis is now.

“The Government promised a review of workplace practices and mental health back in January – but we’re still waiting for this to materialise. This work must be sped up, as workers cannot wait.”

The figures come from analysis of the GP Patient Survey completed by more than 400,000 full or part time workers.

Prof Niblock added: “Compared with the potential cost to the economy in lost productivity, high quality psychotherapies are cheap.”

“This World Mental Health Day, UKCP are urging the Government to invest more to improve mental health services both within the NHS and through local authority projects.

“We call for better access to therapy, better quality therapy and ring-fencing of the mental health budget.” said Prof Niblock.

 

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