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New figures Workers reporting anxiety and depression have risen by nearly a third in the last four years

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Publication date: October 10, 2017

As was published this morning by the Independent on World Mental Health Day, our figures show that workers reporting anxiety and depression have risen by nearly a third in the last four years.

Coming from analysis of the GP Patient Survey completed by more than 400,000 full or part time workers, we see that rates of moderate to extreme anxiety and depression have risen among workers have risen from around seven per cent in 2013 to around 10 per cent in 2017.

Part-time workers seem to be bearing more of the brunt than full-time colleagues with a rise of 33.6 per cent since 2013.

UKCP is calling for an urgent review of workplace practices.

Chief Executive Professor Sarah Niblock said, “It is extremely worrying. Ministers must realise that the crisis is here, and the crisis is now.

“The Government promised a review of workplace practices and mental health back in January – but we’re still waiting for this to materialise. This work must be sped up, as workers cannot wait.”

Prof Niblock added: “Compared with the potential cost to the economy in lost productivity, high quality psychotherapies are cheap.”

This World Mental Health Day, UKCP are urging the Government to invest more to improve mental health services both within the NHS and through local authority projects.

“We call for better access to therapy, better quality therapy and ring-fencing of the mental health budget.” said Prof Niblock.

We spoke to UKCP psychotherapist Cherylin Thompson about stress and mental health in the workplace, watch the video below to hear her advice.


Read the full press release here