HSE figures published in November 2020 (for the 12 months up to March that year) stated 17.9 million sick days – that’s 54% of all sick days – were due to Stress, Anxiety and Depression. The percentages more or less match the previous couple of years; it’s just the numbers are getting bigger. And these don’t even get into the months of COVID uncertainty, furlough and layoffs.
During COVID, 1 in 2 likely to experience some form of depression (Office of National Statistics Aug 2020)
8% of Adults report feeling ‘always or often lonely’ (ONS Nov 20)
13% experienced suicidal thoughts/feelings (Mental Health Foundation Nov 20)
1 in 5 reported feeling hopeless (MHF Nov 20)
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