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Stress, anxiety and depression caused half of work-related illness in 2020/2021

According to a new report by the Health and Safety Executive, 850,000 workers suffered from a new case of a work-related illness in 2020/2021 and just over half reported this was caused by stress, anxiety or depression.

Before the pandemic, the main causes for these symptoms were based on factors such as workload and a lack of support. The effects of the pandemic are now considered to be a contributory factor.

The report found that women aged 25 to 34 are most likely to suffer with work-related stress, anxiety and depression, and the rates are higher than average in the public administration and defence, health and social care and education sectors.