Staff mental illness 'increasing'
Mental illness is now the second largest reason for UK workers taking time off, a report suggests.
A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found an increasing amount of sickness leave is due to depression or stress.
Analysis of the records of 30,000 people found only muscle-related problems such as bad backs were cited as a greater cause of absenteeism.
Staff with depression were said to take an average 30 days off annually.
Those with stress were reported to be away for 21 days.
The CPID found public sector workers were more likely to take time off work because of mental illness and overall the problem was more prevalent among older staff.
The CIPD said its findings will be "particularly worrying" for the government in light of a "huge" increase in the number of people with mental health problems claiming incapacity benefit.