15.4 million working days lost to poor mental health in 2017/18

Wednesday 31 October 2018

YWT logoCommenting on figures released by the Health and Safety Executive today which show that 15.4 million working days were lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in 2017/2018. Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust said: 

“Many young people, especially young women are facing huge pressures in the workplace and mental health concerns are skyrocketing. 

“Low pay, insecure work and workplace inequalities are leaving young women struggling to make ends meet and impacting on their mental health. When we have surveyed young people, half of young women said their work has had a negative impact on their mental health. 

“A concerted effort is needed from government and employers to provide young people with security and hope for the future, redress gender inequality at work and help manage the growing mental health crisis among young people.”  

 ENDS 

Notes to editor:

Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 in England and Wales trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or on 07963018281.

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