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Workplace stress fuels wave of depressed staff

As job insecurity and workplace stress reaches massive proportions, the demand for counselling has jumped by 58 percent, according to the head of assistance group Converge International, Dr Lindsay McMillan.

Workers are turning to advice lines and counselling to ease their stress, feeling a loss of control over the future of their career.

“Workers are deeply insecure about their future, and stress is spilling into relationships at home and at work,” says McMillian.

According to mental health group Beyond Blue, there has been a massive demand for their services, with many workers seeking out advice on how to cope with the financial crisis and the loss of a job.

Beyond Blue acting deputy CEO and psychologist Clare Shann said: “One of the key things that is shown in research is the sense of the loss of control people get through retrenchment or these economic conditions is what leaves people vulnerable to depression.”

Workplace stress is also leading to lost productivity says recruitment firm Robert Half, with their latest business survey indicating 60 percent of businesses expect workplace stress to rise this year.

“Stress is one of the easiest but most costly workplace issues to ignore,” said Robert Half director Andrew Brushfield.

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