Every year UK businesses lose £26 billion and 70 million working days because of workplace stress.
Mental health is still taboo in the workplace, with millions of people feeling that they need to put on a ‘brave face’ and hide their workplace stress.
The Charity MIND has just launched its latest campaign
Taking care of business: mental health at work.
Having experienced workplace stress myself in the past and having seen the effects on others in a similar situation,I wanted to bring MIND's work to the attention of my blog readers.
Mind week 15-22 May 2010 Learn more about the campaign.
Mind today presents compelling new evidence that the recession has had a devastating effect on the wellbeing of British workers. The charity has found that since the recession 1 in 10 workers have sought support from their doctors and 7% have started taking antidepressants for stress and mental health problems directly caused by the pressures of recession on their workplace. The findings, which launch Mind’s campaign Taking Care of Business, coincide with new government statistics showing the biggest rise in antidepressant prescriptions ever, with a record 39.1 million issued in 2009, up from 35.9 million in 2008.
Mind’s Populus poll of 2050 workers found that as a direct result of recession:
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