Workplace stress driving Brits to drink and depression

Workplace stress is now the one of the biggest drivers of depression in the UK, a new study has found, and the strain is causing many Britons to turn to drink to relax.

Workplace stress driving Brits to drink and depression

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According to the poll of 2,000 people, conducted for mental health charity Mind, more than a third of British adults consider their job to be the most stressful aspect of their lives, causing more worry than money or health issues.

After a hard day at work, some 57 per cent admit to drinking to relax, while 14 per cent worryingly confessed to drinking during the day. For seven per cent of those surveyed, workplace stress gave rise to thoughts of suicide, and that figure rose to 10 per cent in 18 to 24-year-olds.

As a result, 19 per cent admitted they had called in sick because they couldn't face a day at work, 25 per cent have thought about quitting, and nine per cent had followed through and resigned because of stress.

Despite the majority of employers saying they would like to do more to help staff struggling with issues of mental wellbeing, most employees said they weren't comfortable talking to their bosses about stress and depression.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, told the Daily Mail: "Work-related mental health problems are an issue too important for businesses to ignore.

"We know that right now, one in six workers is experiencing depression, stress or anxiety, and yet our survey tells us that most managers don't feel they have had enough training or guidance to support them."

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