19th January 2018

Mental health issues are affecting more than a third of workers

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Mental health issues are affecting more than a third of the nation’s workers, with four in 10 admitting that their job is a key contributor, research shows.

The study of 1,200 workers found that out of those who suffered from depression or anxiety,  70.6 per cent said it could have a negative impact on them at work. A further 17.9 per cent admitted that it always affected their working life.

Professionals cited the following as the top causes of the poor quality of their mental health:

  • Doubting their abilities – 34.6 per cent
  • Having a boring job – 26.6 per cent
  • Not getting on with their boss – 22.6 per cent
  • Working alone -17.8 per cent
  • Working with customers/clients -17 per cent

Respondents revealed the negative impact that depression and anxiety had on their ability to do their job. Almost half (47.4 per cent) dreaded going in to work and 24.2 per cent said it made them feel tired.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, which carried out the survey, said: “While mental health is something we are beginning to talk more about across the UK, it’s clear that there’s still more that needs to be done to help those affected – especially in the workplace. It’s sad to learn that one in three UK professionals are suffering from depression and/or anxiety, and that this is having such a negative impact on their ability to do their job.

“If you are amongst those affected, it’s time to take action. This might not always be easy, but the first step is certainly the hardest. Speak to your manager, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, try to talk to a trusted colleague. You should also seek help outside of work. Mental health problems are unfortunately something we can’t always escape, but there are steps we can take to make tackling these issues that little bit easier – no-one should have to suffer in silence!”

More than of professionals revealed that their employer did not do anything to help those who suffered from these mental health issues and  88.4 per cent believe that employers should be given training to help them understand mental health.

Mr Biggins added: “If you are able to make your manager aware of what you’re going through, you can begin to put steps in place to help; whether that be regular catch-ups, more flexible working or time off when you need it. If your boss won’t help you to take positive steps, or isn’t very good at dealing with the situation, it could be time to look for your next opportunity elsewhere. When choosing to work for a company it’s important that you select somewhere with the right culture, and look for an employer who understands how to support those who are suffering from mental health issues.”