It’s easy to believe you’re struggling alone with mental health challenges when you’re freelancing or self-employed. Despite progress in reducing any stigma associated with mental wellbeing, and more openness from UK freelancers about their own challenges, there’s still a long way to go. So, we’ve compiled general and UK freelance mental health statistics to show how many people are battling the same issues you might face.
By realising how common mental health challenges are across the self-employed and freelancing industries, hopefully it will encourage you to find help and support. Acknowledging and understanding your mental wellbeing can not only help your freelance career, but also your life and relationships outside of work.
UK Mental Health Statistics
Those working in the creative sector are 3 times more likely to experience mental health issues. (Inspire)
UK Freelance Mental Health Statistics
For 2017, 3.6% of male UK freelancers and 6.7% of female self-employed workers reported mental health problems. (ONS)
The most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the creative sector are Anxiety and Depression. (Inspire)
Almost one in ten freelancers didn’t take any days off in the previous 12 months, and 14% took less than five days. 24% felt unable to take time off when feeling sick or unwell. (IPSE)
Coronavirus and UK Freelance Mental Health
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