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Recession linked to rise in mental health issues

17th May 2010

The UK charity Mind has said there has been an increase in the number of people in Britain suffering from mental health problems because of the recession.

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The charity carried out a survey which suggested that one in 11 Britons had visited their doctor due to stress and worry caused by financial issues.

The charity surveyed 2,050 workers in Britain and found around one third said they were working more intensively and were more concerned about how secure their employment was because of the credit crunch.

The survey showed 9% had visited their GP because of the stress of their financial situation, with 7% being given medication to treat their problems.

Mind said that companies needed to make improvements to offices to take into account their employees' mental state and have more understanding of mental health issues.

"Working conditions have been incredibly tough for the last couple of years, " said Mind's chief executive, Paul Farmer.

"It's more important than ever that businesses look at how they can manage stress levels and improve the working environment for all their employees."

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said companies were making improvements but also needed to raise their comprehension of mental health issues.

Neil Carberry, head of employment policy at CBI, said: "The key thing is developing understanding among fellow employees and line managers on the issues."

 

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Article Information

Title: Recession linked to rise in mental health issues
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14887
Date Added: 17th May 2010

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