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SHOCKING! 82% Indians suffer from stress

October 10, 2019 10:43 IST
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According to a well-being survey, mental stress levels for people working at offices and factories have increased substantially in India this year due to economic slowdown.

82% Indians suffer from stress

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On World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10, healthcare company ManipalCigna Health Insurance released a report on the state of mental health in India.

According to their well-being survey, mental stress levels for people working at offices and factories have increased substantially in India this year due to economic slowdown.

The survey aims to create awareness about the importance of mental health.

Here are some shocking findings of the report:

  • 82% Indians are suffering from stress on account of work, health, and finance-related concerns.
  • About 89% of the sandwich generation (age group 35-49 years) is suffering from stress, followed by 87% millennials, and 64% of those age above 50+. Given that the sandwich generation comprise the core workforce and are poised to be senior management in the coming years, there will be a huge impact on businesses if not addressed immediately.
  • 84% of working individuals are stressed on account of too much work at offices, followed by family health concerns, personal health, and family and personal finance.
  • 70% of non-working individuals also suffer from stress.
  • On gender basis, 84% of men and 79% women are stressed in India. The leading causes of stress for single, married, and working mothers vary, but all mention personal finance, too much work, and personal health as the source of their stress.
  • In office, 84% of working individuals are stressed, and 74% notice that their colleagues are also stressed. Some of the symptoms expressed by colleagues suffering from stress are poor performance at work, complains of headache and tiredness. Stress at workplace may lead to lower morale and possible resignation which is a worrisome scenario for corporate India.

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