This week is National Anxiety and Depressions Awareness Week

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This week is National Anxiety and Depressions Awareness Week (4-10 May), and employers are being encouraged to use this to position themselves as employers who understand the causes (and solutions) of stress.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive revealed more than 428,000 people in the UK suffered from work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill. This comprises 40% of all work-related illness.

The awareness week coincides with a University of Oxford study that shows simply talking about depression can work as well as medication to help prevent people from re-lapsing into potentially career-ending depression.

The study split 424 people with a history of depression into two groups – one carried on taking medication, while the other switched to techniques including mindfulness.

Of the 366 people left in the study after two years, 94 people in the mindfulness group had suffered relapses, compared to 100 in the group having medication.