Frankfurt/Main (dpa/lhe) – The number of mental illnesses among employees in Hesse has increased significantly over the past ten years. According to the Psychreport 2023 of the health insurance company DAK, the increase is 47 percent. People who worked in the healthcare system were particularly affected last year; their mentally-related days off were around a third higher than the average. This was 3.02 days of absence per insured person, which puts Hessen in the national average.

Affected people were on sick leave for an average of 35.9 days. Most absenteeism days were due to depression, followed by stress and adjustment disorders as well as neurotic disorders, including chronic exhaustion. For the Psychreport, the data of 266,000 employees in Hesse who are insured with the DAK were evaluated.