Over seven million Britons are suffering anxiety with two thirds claiming the recession keeps them awake at night
Over seven million Britons are suffering from anxiety — a million more than a decade ago — according to a shocking new report from the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) charity.
A poll of 2,246 adults for the Mental Health Foundation found 77% believed the world had become a more frightening place in the last ten years while two thirds said the financial crisis had kept them awake at night worrying.
With anxiety levels now at breaking point, mental health experts say that fear, worry and media scare stories could actually make the economic crisis worse and result in a longer recession.
Speaking to the Daily Mail , Dr Andrew McCulloch said: ‘Individuals and institutions – keen to protect themselves – are now too afraid to lend, spend and invest, despite the fact that these actions could assist in ending the recession.’
The report, In the Face of Fear, calls for a campaign to cut ‘institutionally-driven fear‘ and raise awareness of mental health problems. It suggests that knife crime, MRSA, and terrorism are among other issues contributing to a ‘culture of fear’.
It states: ‘The more fearful people feel in the general population, the more will be tipped over into diagnosable anxiety disorders.’
Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: ‘This report shows that fear is having a serious negative impact on the mental and physical health of the nation.’