The Mental Health Foundation has published a report focusing on stress, which was the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
The report, Stress: are we coping? presents data from a survey of over 4,000 adults, and collates information from other organisations' research. While the report looks at all aspects of stress in the UK, the importance of work-related stress is highlighted, along with some tips on prevention and management.
The key points presented from recent research are:
- Roughly half a million people in the UK are suffering from work-related stress.
- Common causes of stress in the workplace are a lack of balance between effort and reward and a lack of balance between job demands and control over tasks.
- Women (89 per cent) report more stress than men (76 per cent), with African-Caribbean women reporting the highest incidents of work-related stress.
- Stress at work can often lead to depression or anxiety, particularly through issues such as job insecurity, lack of respect or feeling undervalued.
- Last year, every individual affected by work-related stress lost an average of 23.9 working days.
The report highlights the need to promote good mental health in the workplace, and urges employers to treat mental and physical health with equal importance. It also recommends that employers encourage their staff to consider the following ten key actions, designed to manage, reduce and prevent stress:
- Realise when it is causing you a problem and identify the cause
- Review your lifestyle
- Build supportive relationships and social networks
- Eat healthily
- Be aware of your smoking, drinking and caffeine intake
- Take time out
- Be mindful
- Get some restful sleep
- Don't be too hard on yourself
To read the report in full, visit the Mental Health Foundation website. Read out web pages for more information on stress in the workplace and emotional wellbeing.