“Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.” WHO (World Health Organisation – see the webpage for facts)
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week
The number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety in the UK rose by 24 per cent between 2009 and 2013, while the number of days lost to serious mental illness roughly doubled.
Analysts reckon that this sickness absence costs £8.4 billion each year, plus another £15.1 billion in reduced productivity. A further £2.4 billion is lost replacing staff that leave work because of mental ill-health. Overall, recent estimates put the cost to UK employers at £30 billion each year.
“60-70% of people with common mental disorders are in work, it is crucial that those people are helped to keep working, to benefit their own health as well as businesses and the economy….”