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Surveys for money reveal how stressed we really are

A person in an office struggles with stress. Surveys for money reveal how stressed we really are.

April is National Stress Awareness Month – but how stressed are we really? According to recent surveys for money, stress at work actually affects many more of us than we may think.

The surveys for money, on behalf of Gov.co.uk, looked in great detail at how stress in the workplace not only affects us as individuals, but the impact it has upon our work and the economy.

Surveys for money reveal the real extent of work stress in the UK

According to the surveys for money, 526,000 workers reported suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the last year. Plus, 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the workplace.

This is a fairly shocking statistic. Not only does it reveal the almost endemic nature of the condition, but this is only in reported cases – someone who sought help or a diagnosis for their condition. It may, in fact, have affected far more than the surveys for money are able to report. Rather worryingly, when plotted on a chart showing stress levels since the year 2001, there is an upward trajectory from the year 2014 – and it shows no signs yet of stopping.

Surveys for money look at what causes stress

The surveys for money also looked into what caused stress for most people at work. For the largest majority (44%) it was workload. This was followed by lack of support (14%), then and violence, threats or bullying (13%). Some of us may think violence isn’t such a problem in the UK any more, with strict rules on employee rights, but the surveys for money sadly show this still happens.

Interestingly, the online surveys also looked at which industries had the highest rates of stress, depression or anxiety. In the lead was human health and social workers (which encompasses NHS workers) with over 2,000 in every 100,000 workers affected. Next came public administration and defence, followed by education as the three areas of industry with the highest rates of stress and related conditions. In other words – the most stressed are our public servants and those who look after our health, our safety, and our children’s education being most commonly affected. Caused, primarily, by an unmanageable workload.

So what’s the answer? Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy one. The surveys for money show important trends in stress levels which can’t be ignored by some of our key workers in the UK.

Perhaps we are getting better at seeking help, and we are talking about it more. Or perhaps with a growing population to serve it may continue to get worse. Restrictions on public spending certainly can’t help, but support and morale at work is even more important than we can imagine.

If you are suffering with stress, anxiety or depression don’t forget there are organisations to help you. Visit the NHS choices website to find your local NHS talking therapy (IAPT) service who can help you. But above all don’t suffer in silence. April is stress awareness month, so it’s time to speak up and let us tackle the issue once and for all.

What do you think about the surveys for money on stress in the workplace? Were you surprised? Have you been feeling stressed at work, and did you know who to turn to for help? Is this something we should all be worried about, whether it affects us or not? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Join the discussion on our Facebook page. And don’t forget to have your say on current affairs and all sorts of interesting topics by taking online surveys for cash and fun surveys for money in your spare time. Join us or log in today and take surveys for money whilst working from home.

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