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« on: April 01, 2011, 03:05:03 PM »

Since the recession started, one in ten 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.

These are the findings of mental health charity, Mind, which has launched a campaign Ė Taking Care of Business Ė offering help to workers faced with the pressure associated with recession as businesses tighten their belts and staff work longer hours, compete with colleagues to keep their jobs and deal with a slump in morale.

Mindís Populus poll of 2,050 workers found that as a direct result of recession:

    * one in ten had visited their GP for support;
    * 7% had started a course of medical treatment for depression;
    * 5% had seen a counsellor;
    * half said staff morale was low;
    * 28% were working longer hours; and
    * a third said staff were having to compete against each other.

These findings reinforce new government statistics showing the greatest ever rise in antidepressant prescriptions, with a record 39.1 million issued in 2009, up from 35.9 million in 2008.

Mindís research has found that over the course of their careers:

    * almost 50% of people had lost sleep due to work;
    * 22% had developed depression;
    * one in five said that work stress had made them physically ill;
    * one in four had cried at work due to unmanageable pressure; and
    * only 38% of workers think their current employer is doing enough to support them.

Over the next five years Mindís 'Taking Care of Business' campaign aims to improve working environments and working lives, transforming attitudes to mental wellbeing at work.

The campaign already has the backing of big businesses such as BT and AXA, trade unions such as the TUC as well as Dragonís Den entrepreneur, Duncan Bannatyne, who said:

ďThe recession will really have an impact on many employees who are a bit insecure in their jobs, who maybe arenít sure that the company is doing well and are scared in case the company goes into administration, or redundancies are made. Itís a very anxious time.

ďHowever, the recession is also a good time for businesses to be working on promoting good staff wellbeing. Youíve got to look after your staff. If you havenít got staff, you havenít got a business. Itís as simple as that.Ē
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