The first Wednesday in November each year is National Stress Awareness Day.
Unfortunately, for those people who are suffering from work-based stress, they are not only aware of the stress every day, but, in many cases, they are so overwhelmed by stress that it adversely affects their mental health and their well-being.
Sadly, there has been a massive increase in work-based stress in recent years and one of the reasons is because staff are over-loaded with too much work, which is compounded by the lack of support within the organisation.
In an article in People Magazine, dated 1 November 2018, Annie Makoff Clark reported as follows:
“Work-related stress jumps by a quarter to reach ‘epidemic’ levels”
Work-related stress has become an ‘epidemic’, employers have been warned, as new figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that 15.4 million working days were lost to the condition in 2017/18, a huge increase on the previous year.
The HSE said 595,000 workers were reported as suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety over the last 12 months, with 239,000 of these representing new cases. The number of days lost to stress was up 24 per cent year on year.
A total of 26.8 million days were lost during 2017/18 due to workplace ill-health, including mental health issues, musculoskeletal disorders and workplace injury. But while self-reported general ill-health has more or less flatlined since 2011, the significant rise in work-related mental health issues over the last 12 months indicates a worrying trend”.
If this problem of suffering with work-based stress should apply to you, please do not be afraid to report to your line manager that you are feeling overwhelmed by the volume of work and that you are finding it difficult to cope. You are protected by legislation and your line manager has a responsibility to help you.
In addition, please do not suffer in silence. Share your feelings with colleagues and your family.
Better still – speak to a counsellor, who will be able to help you with these issues.
It is good to talk – and it is especially good to talk to a professionally qualified counsellor, who can help you with stress, anxiety and depression issues – which are often caused by work-based stress.
7 November 2018