A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found that more people are out of work with mental health problems than any other country in the developed world. High stress and a long-hours work culture have led to high numbers of people seeking disability benefits due to mental health difficulties – currently at 40 per cent. It is estimated that this costs the UK economy £70 billion a year.
The report recommends that British employers should ‘carryout workplace screening for depression and anxiety.’
According to Anxiety UK, most people with mental health issues do work, despite the perception to the contrary. Nicky Lidbetter, Anxiety UK’s CEO explains: “In fact, recent surveys of Anxiety UK members have found that a majority of members, many of which have lived with anxiety for many years, do indeed work. It’s important that those who are struggling with stress and anxiety and are finding it difficult to stay in work, are able to receive support to allow them to continue working.”
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