Depression and stress affect a third at work

A survey just published claims that a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out.

Of those affected, some 83 per cent said they felt isolated or lonely as a result. And, just half of those feeling lonely or isolated had confided in a colleague, even though 71 per cent found that discussing their condition with a colleague helped them feel better.

The online research, involving 1,200 people, was published by the charity Depression Alliance as part of Depression Awareness Week recently.

The report also highlighted the need for employers to take action to recognise the condition better and to support staff dealing with depression or stress.

Emer O'Neill, chief executive of Depression Alliance, said: 'Depression is the biggest mental health challenge among working-age people and often leads to considerable loneliness and isolation at work.

'However, many companies aren't properly equipped to manage employees who suffer from depression so providing support to these individuals in the workplace is essential.

'We have just launched Friends in Need, ( which provides anyone with depression with a free and easy way to connect, either online or by meeting in groups and taking part in local activities, all of which help stop the feelings of loneliness and isolation.'

If you suffer depression and feel you have been discriminated against at work, please contact Employment Law Specialists Ashley Hunt, Vaishali Thakerar or Carrie-Ann Randall at Lawson-West on 0116 212 1000 for free initial advice.

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