Downturn ‘may contribute to mental health issues’

The onset of the credit crunch may result in more people experiencing mental health problems and taking time off work, a new report has claimed.

Two-thirds of the population feel more stressed, prone to sickness and less fit compared to three years ago, according to a study by Friends Provident.

It revealed that 37 per cent of people now worry more and 19 per cent are sleeping less, something that could lead to further issues such as stress-related conditions, clinical depression and headaches.

The Monday of this week was dubbed National Sickie Day by the organisation as it is the worst day for employee absenteeism.

“People need to make more effort to protect and care for themselves, otherwise National Sickie Day could be the start of a long-term national health issue,” commented head of protection Mark Jones.

It comes after Gill Trevelyan, the head of good practice services for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, warned that absent workers must not be made to feel guilty for taking time off by employers.


Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in the Employee Assistance ProgramStress ManagementStaff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit


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