Australian workplaces are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, according to a large study of mental health in corporate Australia.
Mental illness appears to have increased by a third in the last decade. Depression is now the primary mental health disorder.
The results of Australia's Biggest Mental Health Check-In found that one-third of program participants were suffering from some form of mental illness, with 36% suffering from depression, 33% from anxiety, and 31% from stress.
This is the first time depression has exceeded anxiety which has traditionally been twice as common as depression. Australia's official figures in 2007 list anxiety at 14.4% and depression at 6.2%.
The program investigated 3,500 employees across 41 organizations and used responses from 100 profiling questions, as well as capturing heart rate data using wearable devices during sleep.
"The manner in which we all live, work and interact has changed radically - to the detriment of our mental health. And yet organizational approaches to mental health have not kept pace," says psychologist Peta Slocombe, the Check-In program creator.
The program found most people didn't realise they had a mental health disorder. Almost three quarters (73%) of men who scored in clinical ranges for a mental health disorder were unaware they had one at the time of the survey.