As the world prepared itself for the unhappiest day of the year (‘Blue Monday’ on January 19th 2015) the Priory Group were uncovering some shocking new statistics which reveal just how prevalent mental health problems are.
The statistics show that in the UK alone, the word ‘depression’ is searched online 27 times a minute. This means someone is Googling the term every two seconds.
‘Stress’ and ‘anxiety’ are also highly searched, with the former being typed into the search engine 22 times a minute and the latter 21 times.
On average, a staggering 1,171,770 searches are made in the UK every month around ‘depression’, 939,820 around ‘stress’ and 907,620 around ‘anxiety’.
Furthermore, in 2014 49,500 searches were made by people wanting to take a test to determine whether or not they were showing signs of depression.
These findings have come to light following recent figures from the Office of National Statistics which show that sickness absence due to depression, stress and…