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The UK’s Middle Classes Suffer Severely with their Mental Health

By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020

Mental health awareness day has come and gone, yet the battle to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma continues.

While this was and remains an event of extreme value and importance to combat the decline of the nation’s psychological state, there is one particular tranche of society who remain forgotten when discussing mental health: the UK’s middle classes, and in particular, women.

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“The long held belief that those who are affluent do not really suffer from mental health issues due to their comfortable financial situation is extremely inaccurate.

The research indicates that many Brits are suffering from the expectations and pressures at work, especially middle class women. More needs to be done to help people recognise symptoms of mental health conditions within their own behaviours and respond accordingly. It is also vital for everybody, even those who are affluent, to understand that they are just as prone to depression, if not more so, and need to seek help and treatment.”

— Gerard Barnes, CEO of Smart TMS

Smart TMS’ research now unveils a fascinating relationship between perceived success, money and mental health, indicating that the issue does not subside based on increased professional or financial success, and may in fact be exacerbated.

Key Stats:

  • 36% of middle class women admit to experiencing severe anxiety through comparing their success to others around them

  • 18% of middle class women feel that the higher their earning capacity, the more unmanageable their mental health issues become

  • 18% of middle class women feel that as an entrepreneur or director, they feel that they cannot take time away from work to address mental health issues as it would be a detriment to the business

  • 29% of middle class women feel like they don’t have a right to be depressed because they are relatively successful and affluent

These stats are particularly worrying, when one considers that the supposed affluence of the middle classes is somewhat overstated.

A considerable share of middle-income households have excessive debt – one in eight hold debt that is greater than three-quarters of their assets, according to OECD, whilst 30% of people relying on loans and maxing out credit cards to pay the bills earn between £50,000 and £70,000, according to GoCompare.

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