London, Oct. 1: One in 10 workers has taken time off because of depression in Europe, a poll conducted in seven European countries has found.
The Mori survey was carried out for the European Depression Association (EDA) in Britain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Spain and France.
The survey found that people in Britain, Denmark and Germany were most likely to be off work because of depression.
It revealed that overall 20 percent of people polled had undergone diagnosis for depression at some point in their lives.
The highest rate was in Britain, where 26 percent had been diagnosed and the lowest in Italy, where the figure was 12 percent, the BBC reports.
Among workers experiencing depression, those in Germany (61%), Denmark (60%), and Britain (58%) were most likely to take time off work, while those in Turkey were the least likely (25%), the report said.
“The results of the survey show that much needs to be done in raising awareness and supporting employees and employers in recognising and managing depression in the workplace,” Dr Vincenzo Costigliola, president of the EDA, said.
“We ask policymakers to consider the impact of depression on the workforce and charge them with addressing depression and workers and workplace safety,” he added. (ANI)