September 8, 2021

The best place for a person with an anxiety disorder to work is a psychiatric ward in Western Australia, according to a survey.

Key points:The survey found people with anxiety disorder are more likely to be in a position to work than other occupationsSource: Mental Health Council of Western Australia survey, by research group APSA, found people living with anxiety disorder are often at risk of working outside their communitySource: APSA survey, conducted by research organisation APSASource: The APSA/Spirometry Research Group/Getty 2/12 Workplace-based therapy is the best way to help people with mental health issues work, a report by the Mental Health Trust (MHT) has found.

Key findings from the survey:Almost two thirds of people with an overall anxiety disorder (COVID-19) reported having a mental health problem that put them at risk to work, the survey found.

It found a significant proportion of people experiencing an anxiety-related mental health condition were also likely to experience work-related distress.

The study was conducted between January 2017 and April 2018.

The survey also found people who were more likely than others to be living with anxiety were more apt to report being at risk.

“The study found a very strong relationship between people’s mental health status and the workplace, with a higher prevalence of anxiety being reported in the workplace as a risk factor for people living in a work-based environment,” said Dr Caroline Brown, Mental Health Minister.

“People living with mental illness have an increased risk of reporting mental health problems to work in the same way as people living without mental illness.”

However, there is still much work to do in recognising the importance of workplace-based therapies in helping people living their mental health challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

“The survey included over 1,000 adults, aged 18 and over.

Respondents were interviewed online in English and French using the survey software Spirometry, and had the same questionnaires and data collected by the MHT.

The MHT’s mental wellbeing survey was conducted by the APSA and supported by the Australian Psychological Society.

The APSA also provides services to people with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.

Topics:mental-health,social-behaviour,work,health,depression,depressive-health-and-mental-disorder,mental-research,mental,mentalhealth,community-and‐society,australiaFirst posted March 12, 2019 09:57:46Contact Emily WhelanMore stories from New South Wales