Facts and Figures

Our reports, case studies and other

campaign resources tell you more about the nature and extent of this problem
and what’s being done to tackle it.



     50% of people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetime (WHO)

     25% of the population suffer from depression or anxiety in any one year (WHO)

     A further 2.6% suffer from a psychotic disorder (WHO)

   15% of people had sought help for a psychological or emotional problem (Eurobarometer on mental health)

    72% of people had taken antidepressants at some point in their lives (Eurobarometer on mental health)

     About 50% of major depressions are untreated (WHO)

     Up to 50% of chronic sick leave is due to depression/anxiety (WHO)

     The total cost of mental ill-health in Europe is €170 billion/per year (WHO)

     €136 billion/per year is the cost of reduced productivity including absenteeism (EU-OSHA)

     There are 228.7 million employees in the EU

     The average person spends more than 90,000 hours in their lifetime at work  (Wiley-Blackwell)

     91.4% of EU households have a working adult (Eurostat)

  40% of establishments in the EU-28 report not having enough information on how to include psychosocial risks in risk assessments (European Agency for Safety & Health at Work)

One third of establishments report providing workers with training on the prevention of psychosocial risks. (European Agency for Safety & Health at Work).



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