Mental Health in the Workplace Statistics

These stats have been taken from Mental Health First Aid Englands Website – Mental ill health in the workplace

  • 1 in 6 workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time (1)
  • There were 526,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 in Great Britain (2)
  • In 2016/17, stress was responsible for 40% of all cases of work-related ill health and for 49% of all working days lost due to health issues in GB (2)
  • 1 in 5 people take a day off due to stress. Yet, 90% of these people cited a different reason for their absence (3)
  • Presenteeism accounts for 2 times more losses than absences (4)
  • Every year it costs business £1,300 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported (4)
  • Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year (4)
    Note: Different studies will estimate the cost of mental ill health in different ways. Other reputable research estimates this cost to be as high as £74–£99 billion (5)
  • People with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs every year at around double the rate of those without a mental health condition. This equates to 300,000 people – the equivalent of the population of Newcastle or Belfast (5)
  • 15% of employees who disclosed mental health issues to their line manager reported being disciplined, dismissed or demoted (6)
  • 84% of UK line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 24% have received training. 49% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions (6)


  1. McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014 [Internet]. Leeds; 2016. Available from:
  2. Health and Safety Executive. Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics in Great Britain 2017 [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2018 May 8]. Available from:
  3. Mind. Work is biggest cause of stress in people’s lives [Internet]. 2013. Available from:
  4. Centre for Mental Health. Mental health at work: The business costs ten years on [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 16]. Available from:
  5. Stevenson D, Farmer P. Thriving at work: The Independent Review of Mental Health and Employers [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Nov 22]. Available from:
  6. Business in the Community. Mental Health at Work Report 2017 [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 16]. Available from:

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