Latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that levels of anxiety have increased in the last year. Wales is the only country with higher anxiety rates than the UK average.
Matthew Steel, a statistician at ONS, has said that although it’s early to say why anxiety ratings have levelled off, it’s known from previous research that factors impacting people’s personal well-being include health, work, and relationship status.
The Priory Group, a provider of mental health facilities in the UK, said they also have seen an increase of anxiety admissions, often related to work stress:
“Priory Group receives a fairly consistent number of calls year round, however, Priory has seen a rise in almost a fifth of patients suffering from stress and anxiety related to work since 2010.”
“We see workplace stress, fuelled by job insecurity, long hours and significant workloads, causing significant health issues for people. Those with mental illness often find it problematic to access employment, housing or even appropriate services; it is right these issues are addressed as a priority.”
“Teachers and employers can then help identify those at risk and who needs support as well as tackle triggers for mental illness, such as bullying and work-based stress. At present too many people are suffering far too long before requesting help and then they are struggling to get access to services.”
This is the first time annual estimates of personal well-being have been presented on a rolling quarterly basis. These trends can now be monitored more closely.