Recession is causing stress rates to soar

Friday 12th February, 2010

The economic downturn has led to an increase in mental health problems, according to a new study by a UK insurance company.

Lightspeed Research polled 500 employers and 1,000 workers on behalf of health insurer Aviva UK and found that 23 per cent of businesses believe the recession has led to an increase in stress levels and long-term absence. One in six bosses surveyed thought long-term sickness could have a major impact on staff morale.

Dr Doug Wright, principal clinical consultant at Aviva UK Health, highlighted the importance of spotting the early signs of stress.

“Stress is extremely hard to tackle as people often mask the symptoms until it’s too late,” said Dr Wright.

“Individuals can be affected by all manner of problems from personal factors to pressure of work and external issues including economic woes.”

Early intervention for people suffering with stress is important to successful treatment. There are a number of ways to combat stress including these stress management tips.



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