Local MP’s concern at mental health figures for council staff


Since 2012 at East Dunbartonshire Council, over 450 members of staff have been signed off with stress and other mental health problems and now local MP Jo Swinson is calling on the SNP Government to review its approach to mental health.

 

Across Scotland, figures show that over 11,000 council staff have been signed off with mental health problems in the past year. The figures, obtained through Freedom of Information requests, show that the majority of staff are signed off for a period of under one month (68% in East Dunbartonshire) but a significant number were unable to work for periods of up to half a year. 

Jo and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have been leading calls for mental health and physical health issues to be treated equally, and Jo is challenging the Scottish Government to match the Liberal Democrats’ introduction of the first ever waiting time standards in England. From April 2015, most patients needing talking therapies – for conditions like depression – will be guaranteed the treatment they need in as little as six weeks, with a maximum wait of 18 weeks. 

Jo said: 

“It’s time the SNP Government get a grip on mental health. We have recently seen scandalous waiting time figures for adults and children who are in serious need of treatment, a lack of hospital beds and now these statistics which show a worryingly high number of council staff taking time off work.  

“It is vitally important that the Scottish Government works with everyone it can to take down the walls of stigma against mental health issues.  

“Workplaces have a role to play in supporting their staff through what can often be a stressful experience of taking sick leave. In light of these figures I hope that public bodies and organisations across Scotland can work with charities to review their approach to mental ill health.” 

ENDS 

Notes to Editors:

  1. Further information can be found below and online at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2p35DKah9ecOWtEUFNLdm5ibFU/view?usp=sharing

 

1.       The number of individuals signed off for stress-related reasons broken down by the length of time they are signed off for:  (a) under 1 month (b) 1 to 3 months (c) 3 to 6 months (d) longer than 6 months (e) longer than 12 months for the financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14.

2.       The number of individuals signed off for mental ill health (except stress) broken down by the length of time they are signed off for: (a) under 1 month (b) 1 to 3 months (c) 3 to 6 months (d) longer than 6 months (e) longer than 12 months for the financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Local Authority

2012/13

 

2013/14

 

Under 1 month

1-3 months

3-6 months

6-12 months

12+ months

 

Under 1 month

1-3 months

3-6 months

6-12 months

12+ months

Aberdeen City Council

208

107

45

18

8

 

216

93

47

9

0

Aberdeenshire Council

243

187

63

34

10

 

271

231

83

40

12

Angus Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argyll and Bute Council

77

47

23

6

0

 

93

68

26

7

0

Clackmannanshire Council

194

24

6

1

0

 

148

54

15

3

1

Dumfries and Galloway Council

416

110

17

3

0

 

549

95

23

5

0

Dundee City Council

109

59

39

18

0

 

116

64

44

13

1

East Ayrshire Council

221

93

44

17

1

 

176

74

22

6

2

East Dunbartonshire Council

174

89

18

8

0

 

115

54

0

0

0

East Lothian District Council

169

60

35

4

0

 

185

43

16

3

0

East Renfrewshire Council

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

 

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Edinburgh City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falkirk Council

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

 

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Fife Council

 

Clarification sought info not received in time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glasgow City Council

696

326

166

186

79

 

814

326

202

119

29

Highland Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inverclyde Council

247

88

29

0

0

 

268

96

21

1

0

Midlothian Council

367

87

47

9

2

 

362

83

42

7

6

Moray Council

197

78

21

7

1

 

205

69

23

7

0

North Ayrshire Council

141

161

29

17

4

 

171

216

80

24

4

North Lanarkshire Council

424

255

116

21

<5

 

431

221

118

27

<5

Orkney Islands Council

18

18

10

4

0

 

14

21

8

4

0

Perth and Kinross Council*

305

 

 

 

 

 

237

 

 

 

 

Renfrewshire Council

346

168

112

46

9

 

379

175

110

43

7

Scottish Borders Council

216

100

32

11

1

 

186

106

45

17

3

Shetland Islands Council

222

60

17

6

1

 

185

54

16

8

1

South Ayrshire Council

208

155

62

27

Not provided

 

206

150

60

23

Not provided

South Lanarkshire Council

272

246

93

27

3

 

393

273

89

22

2

Stirling Council

212

79

34

7

4

 

213

87

42

10

4

West Dunbartonshire Council

293

122

52

15

Not provided

 

304

109

50

9

Not provided

West Lothian Council

322

117

54

25

2

 

426

181

68

22

2

Western Isles Council

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

 

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Not held

Total

6297

2836

1164

517

127.5

 

6663

2943

1250

429

76.5

Total signed off

10,942

 

11,362

 

 


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