Claims for mental health treatment up 53% in a decade

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12 July 2017

Stress and anxiety diagnoses have doubled

The number of workers receiving mental health treatment has increased by 53% in the last decade, with stress and anxiety being the key driver, research shows. Treatment for stress and anxiety has more than doubled over the last 10 years to just under 70,000. The report shows 44% of workers said the world around them has become more stressful and complex over the last 10 years. Although people are working an extra 15.4 million hours every week productivity remains low, the report found. More than one in three (35%) workers said they feel more comfortable talking to their line manager about their mental health than they would have done in the past, and 36% said workplace attitudes towards mental illness have improved. In addition, 30% said mental health conditions are far less of a taboo now than 10 years ago. Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full article here.

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