MPs ‘are twice as likely to suffer from mental health compared to those in other high-income jobs’ – The Sun

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MPs ‘are twice as likely to suffer from mental health compared to those in other high-income jobs’ – The Sun



MPs are twice as likely to suffer from mental illness as people in similar high-income jobs, a poll reveals.
And their risk of having conditions such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks is a third higher than the rest of the UK.
2 MPs are twice as likely to suffer from a form of mental illness compared to those in similar high-paid jobsCredit: Getty – Contributor
The findings come from an anonymous poll of 146 MPs which shows more than a third probably suffer from a mental health issue, compared with around a quarter of the public.
The figure is also double the one in six people affected in other high-power jobs.
Meanwhile just half of MPs said they would talk about mental health issues with their peers.
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And most are un­aware of an anonymous service to help those in need.
Researcher and Tory MP Dr Dan Poulter said the study, which is the first of its kind, “suggests a high level of mental distress among MPs and raises important issues about how we can better support them”.
Co-researcher Nicole Votruba, of King’s College London, said: “The extent of stigma among MPs seems out of step with increasing public awareness.” The study is in the BMJ Open journal.
2 MP Dan Poulter says the study raises ‘important issues’ about supporting MPs’ mental healthCredit: Alamy
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