Nearly half (49%) of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work related issues, a study has found.
Coinciding with World Mental Health Day (10th October), the research, by IronmongeryDirect found that nearly three in five (58%) experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, at least once a week.
Money worries cause the most stress, with 38% of tradespeople blaming financial situations for giving them anxiety.
Other issues, such as tensions with customers (31%) and suppliers (29%), are also major causes of concern for tradespeople.
The 10 issues which cause the most stress for tradespeople:
- Finances (38%)
- Tensions with customers (31%)
- Tensions with suppliers (29%)
- High workload (26%)
- Tensions with business partners (26%)
- Job security (21%)
- Doing the best job for customers (12%)
- Making mistakes (11%)
- Abuse from customers (6%)
- Lack of work (5%)
Female tradespeople (57%) are significantly more likely to experience work related mental health problems than their male counterparts (41%).
Additionally, the main causes of stress and anxiety differ between the genders, with women more likely to feel stressed due to finances (39%) and tensions with business partners (29%), whilst men are more affected by high workloads (39%) and tensions with suppliers (37%).
When it comes to age, middle aged tradespeople experience the most work-related related mental health issues. Nearly three in five (57%) tradies aged between 45-54 report stress and anxiety due to work.
Bricklayers are the most likely tradespeople to experience mental health problems, with a shocking 73% admitting to dealing with issues such as stress and anxiety. In contrast, surveyors (18%) are the trade least likely to have poor mental health.
Mind’s top tips for dealing with mental health problems
- Understand more about stress.
- Figure out what you find helpful to deal with your mental health, as well as what can trigger it.
- Learn about different coping techniques and if they work for you.
- Exercise regularly.
- Practise mindfulness and meditation.
- Open up and talk to your family, friends and colleagues.
When dealing with mental health problems, nearly half (48%) of tradespeople said they choose to talk to friends and families about their issues. Less than a third (32%) choose to seek counselling, while more than a quarter (28%) take medication.
The research also found that a similar number (29%) do not feel comfortable talking to people close to them about their mental health. Furthermore, more than a third (34%) do not know how to access support services.