Could Britain’s long-hours culture be damaging our mental health? That is the implication of a study of civil servants, which found a correlation
between long working days and major
depressive episodes, reports The Independent. The Finnish researchers tracked 2,000-plus mostly middle-aged men and women for almost six years: the results showed that those who regularly worked 11 hours a day (around 11% of the total) were more than twice as likely to have suffered a depressive episode than those who worked standard seven to eight-hour days, even after the scientists adjusted for social and demographic factors, smoking, alcohol use, ill-health and job strain. According to official figures, 40% of lost working days are caused by depression and stress.