Three-Quarters of Scots ‘Overwhelmed’ by Workplace Stress

A YouGov survey for the Mental Health Foundation has found that 74% of those surveyed have felt “so stressed that they felt unable to cope”.

The report draws a link between the lack of wage increases and increased stress, with concerns over money in the top three causes of stress, with 22% of those polled who reported stress citing lack of money for basic needs as their main concern.

The charity also flags the effect that funding cuts and austerity have had in the public sector. Figures show a large increase in stress-related absence amongst public sector workers, with almost two thirds more reporting mental health problems compared to 2015, twice that reported by those in the private sector.

Lee Knifton, head of Mental Health Foundation Scotland, said: "Very large numbers of adults in Scotland are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health.

"Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn't being taken as seriously as physical health concerns.

"Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

"It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.”

Mr Knifton added: "Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn how to respond most effectively.

"But we also need to change at a societal level.

"This includes ensuring that employers treat stress and mental health problems as seriously as physical safety.

"We are also asking for well-being days to be provided to public sector workers as part of reducing the pressure on those who work hardest to look after us.”

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