One third of British employees are dealing with anxiety, depression, or stress, survey finds

If you needed a reminder of the importance of discussing mental health in the workplace, here are some fresh stats.

According to a report in the Metro newspaper a survey of 2,000 British workers in junior and senior roles has found that 34% of us are dealing with anxiety, depression or stress.

Management consultancy firm PwC asked British people in a range of different jobs to answer questions about their mental health, and found that one third of us are dealing with anxiety, stress, or depression, while mental health problems affect one in six of us on a weekly basis. Researchers believe this is down to the blurring of the line between work and home life, with smartphones increasing the pressure to reply to texts, emails, and calls while away from our desks.

This makes us feel like we’re always on call, always under pressure, and can’t escape the usual stresses of work. The stigma around mental health isn’t helping. The research found that of those who had taken time off for poor mental health, 39% had felt unable to tell their boss. That’s not even taking into account all the people who want to take time off, but feel they can’t.

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