In October 2022, we commissioned an independent survey of over 1,000 UK employees to get an in-depth look at the current state of mental health post-COVID. Our survey took respondents through two standard mental health screening tools. We then asked those who screened positive for depression and anxiety whether or not they had sought professional support, and whom were they comfortable talking about their mental health to.
Our new figures show that the UK mental health crisis is growing with each year. The results reveal mental health concerns that working people of all ages are struggling with, and in too many cases, without professional support. The people tasked with keeping our economy on a path to growth aren’t getting the help they need.
1 in 3 UK employees suffering symptoms of depression and anxiety
Our survey took respondents through two standard mental health assessment tools used by clinicians as an initial screening for depression and anxiety symptoms, the PHQ-2 and GAD-2.
52% of UK employees who screened positive for symptoms of anxiety or depression, have not yet spoken to a doctor or relevant healthcare professional.
People doubt the seriousness of their symptoms
When a third of workers are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression that are serious enough to require investigation, why are so few reaching out for help?
The inability to know their own level of need is the main reason barrier to accessing support for UK employees, followed by embarrassment and time constraints.
A Mental Health App Feels Safer
When asked who they’d rather go to about their mental health, UK employees were more likely to select 'a mental health app with clinically proven self-help resources tailored to their needs' than a therapist or anyone in the workplace. Half of all young workers (16-24) would prefer to go to an app that their GP.