Do we really want to be known as 'Burnout Britain'? Burnout is a workplace problem that has recently been recognised as a chronic condition by the World Health Organisation. Our working environment can have a huge impact on our mental health and equally, mental health can have a significant impact on personal performance and our ability to work effectively.
Of course, the global pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges for some and higher levels of anxiety are becoming common with up to 49% of adults in the UK stating that they are experiencing more anxiety now as a result of the health crisis and lockdown measures.
We recommend the following academic papers for the most up to date research and information:
Institute for Fiscal Studies (2020) ‘The mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK’. Available from: https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/The-mental-health-effects-of-the-first-two-months-of-lockdown-and-social-distancing-during-the-Covid-19-pandemic-in-the-UK.pdf
Office for National Statistics (ONS) (2020) ‘Personal and economic well-being in Great Britain: June 2020’ available from https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/bulletins/personalandeconomicwellbeingintheuk/june2020
Centre for Mental Health (2016) ’16-25 Years: Missed opportunities: children and young people's mental health’ available at https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-09/Cen...
Samaritans (December 2019) ‘Suicide Statistics Report’, available at: https://media.samaritans.org/documents/SamaritansSuicideStatsReport_2019..
Women’s Budget Group (2020) ‘Crises Collide: Women and COVID-19, available at https://wbg.org.uk/analysis/uk-policy-briefings/crises-collide-women-and-covid-19/
Melissa Armstrong and Marie Ranson, Directors & Co-founders of Key Wellbeing Ltd.