Hospital admissions for stress and anxiety soar among office workers

by Alexander Beard, on Jan 31, 2019 12:01:09 PM

Employees are struggling to cope with the stresses of modern life, figures suggest.

There has been a surge in the number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety among white collar workers, an analysis shows.

NHS figures show admissions overall rose by more than a quarter in the past decade, to almost 15,000 cases in 2017/18 from just 11,500 in 2007/08.

Among white collar workers, the number of admissions rose by 37%, according to the analysis by slipper firm Mahabis, reported by the Daily Mail.

Ankur Shah, founder of Mahabis, said people are increasingly feeling that they cannot cope with the stresses of modern life, but at the same time they do not feel they have permission to switch off.

Recent evidence suggests increased stress at work is a key driver of anxiety.

Data from the Office of National Statistics Labour Force Survey reveals that anxiety cases increased by 34% from 444,000 in 2007/08 to 595,000 in 2017/18.

A total of 115,913,000 work days have been lost over the past decade due to stress and anxiety, which Deloitte estimates costs the economy £7.9bn a year.

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