Researchers from the Australian National University compared the mental health of British people who were unemployed with those who had jobs.
The results clearly showed that people who were either unemployed or unhappy at work were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than people who enjoyed their job.
This is not the first time unhappiness at work has been linked with poor health.
Earlier this year, researchers at University College London found that being denied promotion can increase the risk of heart disease by 20%. Putting in a lot of work for no reward, the scientists explained, increased stress levels which in turn increased the risk of heart disease.
Professor Butterworth, who lead the recent research into job satisfaction and mental health, said: ‘This research adds to a growing body of research highlighting the need to address the psychosocial aspects of the work environment as part of national government plans to reduce mental illness in the community.’
By reducing job demands, increasing job security and boosting employee self-esteem, organisations could do a lot to improve the well-being of their workforce, which could in turn reduce the burden of work-related illness on the NHS and help kick-start the economy.
If you get home from work already dreading the next morning, your job may be putting your mental health at risk. Stress and low self-esteem can lead to more serious problems, such as depression and anxiety. If work is affecting your health and happiness, it is important to get help. Follow the links to find out how a counsellor could help you.
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