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STRESSED NATION: SURVEY FINDS 74 PER CENT OF UK HAVE FELT ‘UNABLE TO COPE’

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Young workers are most prone to self-harm © iStock

14 May 2018 Herpreet Kaur Grewal

 

A UK-wide stress survey has found that almost three-quarters of adults (74 per cent) have at some point over the last year felt so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

 

The survey, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, also found that almost a third of people (32 per cent) had experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of stress.

 

Meanwhile, one-sixth of people (16 per cent) said they had self-harmed as a result of these feelings.

 

The study was commissioned by YouGov to launch Mental Health Awareness week, which has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.

 

It is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive stress survey ever carried out across the UK, with 4,619 people surveyed.

 

The poll is included in a report by the Mental Health Foundation published today – Stress – Are We Coping? 

 

Further findings from the survey on the impact of stress on young people will be released later this week.

 

Mental Health Foundation director Isabella Goldie said: “Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

 

“We also need to change at a societal level. This includes ensuring that employers treat stress and mental health problems as seriously as physical safety.

 

“We are also asking for well-being days to be provided for public sector workers as part of reducing the pressure on those who work hardest to look after us.”

  

Findings:

 

• 74 per cent of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

 

• 81 per cent of women said this compared with 67 per cent of men.

 

• 83 per cent of 18-24 year-olds said this compared to 65 percent of people aged 55 and over.


• 32 per cent of adults said they had experienced suicidal feelings as a result of stress

 

• 35 per cent of women said this compared with 29 per cent of men.

 

• 39 per cent of 18-24 year-olds said this compared with 25 per cent of adults aged 55 and over.

 

• 16 per cent of adults said they had self-harmed as a result of stress.

 

• 18 per cent of women said this compared with 13 per cent of men.

 

• 29 per cent of 18-24 year-olds said this compared with 6 per cent of adults aged 55 and over.