5 shocking mental health statistics from 2018

5 Shocking Statistics About Stress & Mental Health in the Workplace

This #MentalHealthWeek 2018, the focus is on stress. The link between stress and poor mental health is undeniable with 51% of adults who have reported feeling stressed also feeling depressed, and 61% also feeling anxious [1].

Today people seem to be experiencing periods of extreme stress more often than ever. Over the past year, 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope [2].

These worrying mental health statistics from 2017 and 2018 are exactly why it is so important that this Mental Health Week is used to take action and fight against the threat of poor mental health.


91% of people have said that they have experienced workplace stress [3] and 15% have reported a mental health [4].

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71% of employees still consider mental health to be a taboo subject in the workplace – so much so that 45% of people will make up an alternative reason for work absence rather than report a mental health issue to their employer [5].

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45% of UK workers say that their place of work does not have any measures in place to help reduce employees’ stress levels and improve their mental well-being [7] and only 6% of organisations have a standalone mental health policy [8].

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46% of adults experiencing stress reported that they developed unhealthy eating habits, 29% reported that they started drinking alcohol or increased their alcohol consumption, and 16% reported that they started smoking or smoked more [10].

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More than one in five people (22%) reported feeling stressed due to debt and more​ ​than​ ​7​ ​in​ ​10​ people that have contacted Citizens Advice​ ​have​ ​had​ ​mental​ ​health problems​ ​in​ ​the​ ​last​ ​year [11].

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[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping
[2] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping
[3] https://pages.perkbox.com/rs/244-RYY-693/images/Stressed-%20Workplaces-Report.pdf
[4] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping
[5] https://www.michaelpage.co.uk/advice/management-advice/development-and-retention/mental-health-all-managers
[6] https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being/health-well-being-work
[7] https://pages.perkbox.com/rs/244-RYY-693/images/Stressed-%20Workplaces-Report.pdf
[8] https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being/health-well-being-work
[9] https://pages.perkbox.com/rs/244-RYY-693/images/Stressed-%20Workplaces-Report.pdf
[10] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping
[11] https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/Global/CitizensAdvice/Public%20services%20publications/Joining%20the%20dots%20-%20Citizens%20Advice%20report%20(1).pdf
[12] https://www.bwcharity.org.uk/time-to-do-more