Accountants’ mental health ‘hit by stress’

MENTAL HEALTH issues among accountants are on the rise and excessive stress is the primary cause, new evidence suggests.

The Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association is logging rising numbers of calls from professionals who appear to be developing mental health issues, or believe they are at risk of doing so.

Interim operations team manager Helena Coxshall said the evidence is not conclusive as the helpline does not offer medical diagnosis, but highlighted rising numbers of calls in the second half of 2011.

“These are coming from people who feel that they are heading towards a potential breakdown and we also see it from people who call us regarding other issues, but appear to be showing symptoms of mental illness of which they may be unaware,” she continued.

Economic worries and a lack of family time because of long working hours might also contribute to the problem, CABA said.


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