Mental health issues are the highest concern of chartered accountants and their families, according to the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA).

The charity said that 25% of the enquiries they receive now concern mental health, with the most common complaints being stress, depression, bereavement, relationship issues and addiction.

The second and third most complained about problems are employment and financial concerns, respectively.

CABA say that this new information shouldn’t be seen as evidence for increased mental health problems in the sector, but rather a sign that accountants are placing more importance on getting help with mental health issues.

Kelly Feehan, service manager at CABA, told the ICAEW:

“Members of the profession are becoming more aware of the effects of mental health issues and less reticent to admit that they might have an issue and need support.

“Certainly, this is an interpretation that fits in with what we hear from accountants anecdotally. The long term impact of stress on personal well-being is becoming much more widely recognised, for example.”

CABA say that these figures are reflective of mental health issues experience across the country, in all kinds of professions.

A report last year by the government’s chief medical officer showed that mental health costs the UK economy between £70-100 billion each year.

One in six adults in the UK experience a mental health problem of some kind in their lifetime, but only 25% seek treatment.

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