Survey reveals stress among psychological professionals

Findings from the British Psychological Society and New Savoy staff wellbeing survey for 2015 show that 46 per cent of psychological professionals surveyed report depression and 49.5 per cent report feeling they are a failure. One quarter consider they have a long-term, chronic condition and 70 per cent say they are finding their job stressful.

These findings are being presented this week at the New Savoy conference ‘Psychological Therapies in the NHS’ in London.

All the findings for 2015 shows increases over 2014, with reported stress at work up by 12 per cent. Incidents of bullying and harassment had more than doubled.

The overall picture is one of burnout, low morale and worrying levels of stress and depression in a key workforce that is responsible for improving the mental health of the public.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the BPS said:

“Health and wellbeing at work are vital issues which we of all people should be particularly concerned about. This is an area close to my heart … I have worked in, led and managed NHS services and have seen the effects of stress, overwork, inadequate supervision and consequent burnout at first hand.”

Leading organisations in the mental health field are committing to support a collaborative effort to improve the wellbeing and resilience of psychological staff who deliver key services. In collaboration with The New Savoy Partnership and with the support of Public Health England the BPS has launched a Charter for Psychological Staff Wellbeing and Resilience.

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