TUC Worker Stress Findings Show Increased Need for Occupational Therapists
New research from the Trades Union Congress has shown increasing demand for services such as occupational therapists to help people return to work following stress or mental illness.
The TUC published findings showing that 70 percent of union representatives surveyed by the organisation believe worker stress is becoming an increasing problem in the workplace.
Consequently, more people are taking time off and - in a move supported by the TUC - are seeking the support of occupational therapists and other mental health professionals to recover and re-integrate into the workforce.
Released to coincide with World Mental Health Day today, the TUC's findings show Northern Ireland has experienced the largest increase in stress since their 2014 survey, from 65 percent then to 78 percent today.
Northern England has experienced a stress rise of 11 percent, Scotland eight percent, six percent in the South West, and five percent increases in Wales, East Anglia, Wales and the South East
"The message from the shop floor is clear; stress is becoming a bigger and bigger problem," said Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary.
"It's in no one's interests to have overstretched workforces. People who experience high anxiety are less productive and are more likely to take time off.
"Stress is preventable if staff have reasonable workloads, supportive managers and a workplace free from violence, bullying and harassment."