Work-related stress, depression and anxiety is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.

The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show:

  • The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487 000 (39%) out of a total of 1 241 000 cases for all work-related illnesses.
  • The number of new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 244 000.
  • The rates of work-related stress, depression or anxiety, for both total and new cases, have remained broadly flat for more than a decade.
  • The total number of working days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety was 11.3 million in 2013/14, an average of 23 days per case of stress, depression or anxiety.
  • The industries that reported the highest rates of total cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety (three-year average) were human health and social work, education and public administration and defence.
  • The occupations that reported the highest rates of total cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety (three-year average) were health professionals (in particular nurses), teaching and educational professionals, and health and social care associate professionals (in particular welfare and housing associate professionals).

The THOR-GP reporting network did not suggest any significant changes in the reported incidence of work-related mental ill health in the most recent three years (2011-2013) where a consistent method for reporting has been used.

General practitioners in the THOR-GP reporting scheme identify workloads, changes at work and interpersonal relationships as the main events leading to the work-related stress, depression and anxiety health cases seen in their clinics.

 

Estimated prevalence (total cases) and incidence (new cases) rates of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in GB, for people working in the last 12 months.

Cardinus provides a range of stress management solutions to suit your organisation, from an online stress indicator survey tool to online training to help managers recognise and manage stress in their employees. Simply call 020 7469 0200 or email info@cardinus.com.

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