UK risks being ‘burnt-out nation’ due to poor mental health: Report

2024-01-22 16:00:07
UK risks being ‘burnt-out nation’ due to poor mental health: Report

A “worrying” number of people taking time off work due to poor mental health leaves the UK at risk of becoming a “burnt-out nation”, a charity has said.

The head of Mental Health UK has suggested global and domestic crises fuelling “feelings of hopelessness” could be contributing to burnout.

It comes after a survey revealed more than a third of British adults faced extreme pressure in the workplace in the past year.

The YouGov poll of 2,060 adults – 1,132 of whom were workers – found 35% had experienced high or extreme levels of pressure at work, with 20% requiring time off due to poor mental health caused by stress in the past year.

Mental Health UK’s chief executive, Brian Dow, warned the UK was “rapidly becoming a burnt-out nation” with a “worrying number of people” taking time off due to poor mental health caused by stress.

“High levels of work absence due to poor mental health are a major challenge, but its causes are complex,” he added.

“Public attitudes and understanding towards mental health and work have changed, particularly as the workplace transformed overnight in response to the pandemic.

“Meanwhile, we live in unprecedented times, and life outside work has become increasingly difficult due to the cost of living crisis and pressures on public services, while global challenges such as climate change and artificial intelligence fuel stress, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.”

Source: The Guardian

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