Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, research suggests.

The BBC reports that the charity Mind asked 12,000 UK employees about their mental health. It found 48% in the public sector took time off for their well-being, compared with 32% in the private sector.

Paul Farmer, Mind's chief executive, called on organisations to combat a "culture of fear and silence in the workplace" towards mental issues. He said the next government should make mental health in the workplace a "key priority".

Mind found 15% of public sector workers - of which there are 5.4 million in the UK - said their mental health was poor, compared with 9% in private sector. Among public sector workers, 53% said they have felt anxious at work on several occasions over the last month, compared with 43% of their private sector counterparts. But the research suggested public sector workers were more likely to speak up if they were suffering mental health problems. Of those with a mental health problem, 90% of public sector staff disclosed it to their employer, compared with 80% in the private sector.

You can access whole BBC report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40111012