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Five Million Working Days Lost to Stress

November 6, 2013
Public Health

Figures released to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day have highlighted the size of the problem in the UK which is responsible for five million lost working days every year. The study undertaken by insurance company, Friends Life, also revealed that levels of stress were highest in workers under 25, with 36% concerned about possible redundancy. Friends Life Director of Group Protection, David Williams, feels employers have a major part to play in addressing the problem, saying; ?Employers can provide valuable services for their employees that can help prevent and manage stress. It is important that employers spot the signs of stress early to ensure that action can be taken to help employees feeling pressurised.?

The International Stress Management Association consider the overall cost to the economy to be in the region of ?60 billion which equates to ?1,000 per person in the UK. Stress is often the precursor to other medical conditions adding to the burden on health services as Dr Martin Baggaley from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust explained; ?If left unchecked for a prolonged period of time, stress can cause much more serious, long-term mental and physical illnesses such as anxiety and depression, and be a contributing factor in health problems such as heart disease and even obesity.? Now in its 15th year, National Stress Awareness Day, is dedicated to raising awareness of the impact stress can have on individual mental health and society as a whole.

Read more about National Stress Awareness Day here.

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