Depression in the Workplace

Mental illness rising among UK staff
Mon, 04 Jun 2007 10:32:13

Depression and stress together make up the second largest reason for UK workers taking time off sick, according to new research. A study of 30,000 workers found that mental ill health is now the second largest cause of time lost to sickness absence after muscle-related problems such as bad backs, BBC reported.

Britain’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said the findings of its report would be “particularly worrying” for the government in view of the “huge” increase in the number of people with mental health problems claiming incapacity benefit.

The poll showed that workers suffering from depression took an average of 30 days off, while stress-sufferers were away for 21 days.

“This research shows how important it is for managers and human resources practitioners to be aware of the signs of mental ill health so they can take action early and provide support before the individual’s condition deteriorates to the point they go off on long-term sick leave,” Ben Willmott, the CIPD’s employee relations adviser, said.

However, Willmott added that the government also has a role to play in finding ways to help and encourage more employers to provide their staff with access to cost-effective occupational health services.

“We would like to see tax incentives introduced to encourage more employers to offer occupational health services to employees,” Willmott said.

In June last year, The Depression Report from the London School of Economics said there were a million people on incapacity benefits because of mental illness but that only one in four depression or chronic anxiety sufferers was receiving treatment.

FF/BGH    Taken from the PressTv site.


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