The definition of what counts as mental illness varies in the studies, with the terms stress, anxiety and depression used almost interchangeably. Estimates of the size of the problem also vary, with reports claiming that "nearly three employees in ten have a mental health problem in any year", that "depression is estimated to affect as many as one in five people at some point during their lives", and that "one in four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental ill-health in the course of one year". But what is clear is that mental illness is a major headache for employers, and will become an even bigger one.
Workplace "stress" is now the second-biggest occupational health problem in the UK after musculoskeletal conditions and, according to a World Health Organisation report, "depression" is the fourth most significant cause of suffering and disability after heart disease, cancer and traffic accidents.
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