Anxiety, Stress and Depression were the Most Prevalent Issues

  • 72% of British workers have experienced mental health issues in the past
  • On average, British workers struggled with their mental health for 14.2 days over 2018 – a total of three working weeks

Mental health is impacting our ability to function at work, new research has revealed.

The study, which was conducted by Salary Finance, a salary-linked employee benefits provider that partners with employers to deliver financial wellbeing for staff, found that almost three quarters (72%) of Brits have experienced mental health issues at some point in the past.

The top 10 issues Brits were struggling with in 2018 include:

  1. Anxiety (38%)
  2. Stress (35%)
  3. Depression (31%)
  4. Sleep deprivation (24%)
  5. Loneliness (16%)
  6. Panic attacks (15%)
  7. Self-esteem (14%)
  8. Eating disorder (8%)
  9. Paranoia (7%)
  10. OCD (6%)

On average, Brits took 2.1 days off work in 2018 due to poor mental health. However, in reality, this is just the tip of the iceberg… The research also found that Brits went into work for an additional 12.1 days despite struggling. In total, the average British worker suffered with mental health problems for three working weeks (14.2 working days) in 2018.

When it came to city splits, the research found that Belfast spent the most working days in the office while they were struggling, and Glaswegians had the most mental health sick days off work (3.5). Southampton residents, on the other hand, were the least likely to suffer from mental health issues, and subsequently had the least mental health sick days (0.2 days – tied with London):

RANK CITY DAYS OFF WORK DAYS IN WORK STRUGGLING TOTAL WORKING DAYS STRUGGLING
1 Belfast 0.5 34.1 34.6
2 Bristol 1.4 22.5 23.9
3 Newcastle 2.7 19.7 22.4
4 Cardiff 0.5 20.6 21.1
5 Edinburgh 2.2 17.6 19.8
6 Nottingham 0.6 15 15.6
7 Sheffield 0.7 14.3 15
8 Leeds 0.3 14.5 14.8
9 Norwich 1.4 11.2 12.6
10 Birmingham 1.2 9.6 10.8
11 London 0.2 10.3 10.5
12 Glasgow 3.5 4.5 8
13 Manchester 0.8 6.5 7.3
14 Liverpool 1.1 4.6 5.7
15 Southampton 0.2 5.2 5.4

Nottingham-based employees were most likely to suffer when it came to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, whereas Norwich residents were most likely to experience stress, OCD and self-harm. On the other hand, Geordies were most likely to suffer from panic attacks, and those from Leeds were more prone to outbursts of anger.

More information can be found here: https://www.salaryfinance.com/blog/healthy-attitudes-to-mental-health-in-the-workplace/

Asesh Sarkar, CEO and co-founder at Salary Finance, commented on the findings:

“Being open about mental health in the workplace is important. While there are many positives to be taken from our research, it also shows that we still have a way to go.

“For example, people feel more comfortable talking about having stomach upsets than mental health – illustrating there still is a stigma attached.

“Mental health in the workplace is not an issue designated to one type of person – it is prevalent across all demographics, as well as job sector and job levels.

“Enabling and supporting employees in their personal lives makes them happier at work, so businesses of all sizes should make mental health in the workplace a priority”.

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