Depression costing economy £10bn – Swinson

Depression is costing the UK economy £10bn, figures highlighted by Jo Swinson have revealed.

The figures, calculated by the House of Commons library, are revealed on national ‘Stress Down Day’, organised by the Samaritans to help people in need of emotional support. The mental health charity ‘Mind’ has said that much of the expenditure on depression could be preventable by tackling factors such as stress at work.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Depression isn’t just soul destroying – it costs us all a lot of money.

“If we are going to tackle depression, we need to go out and deal with preventable causes like stress at work.

“£10bn is more than has been spent on the Iraq war. The Government needs to do more to tackle stress at work, as its own reports have recommended.”

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