Stress, depression & anxiety account for the highest number of sick days according to the LFS 2017/18 Survey
The problem of stress, depression and anxiety today seems to be the biggest problem people have to deal with regarding their own health and wellbeing. According to The Labour Force Survey quoted by the HSE, people who’ve have taken sick days for stress, depression and/or anxiety (SDA), had an average 25.8 days sick per year. In Great Britain, a total of 15.4 million sick days were attributed to SDA, so it is clear that suffering from these conditions is not only detrimental to the person experiencing SDA, it is also detrimental to the persons family, the company they work, their colleagues and clients.
Source: LFS self-reported estimates
- Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 15.4 million and 6.6 million respectively.
- On average, each person suffering took around 16.5 days off work. This varies as follows:
- 7.1 days for Injuries
- 19.8 days for Ill-health cases
- 25.8 days for Stress, depression or anxiety
- 14.0 days for Musculoskeletal disorders