Stigmas drive UK leaders to 'self-medicate' poor mental health with alcohol and substances

LONDON, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -Two in five high-flying UK business leaders have 'self-medicated' their mental health issues with alcohol or drugs during Covid.Research by premium health insurer Bupa Global as part of its Executive Wellbeing Index reveals six in 10 board level executives with A symptoms of mental ill-health have turned to potentially unhealthy coping mechanisms.38 per cent have used alcohol or recreational or over-the-counter drugs, with others smoking, exercising excessively, over or under eating, or gambling.During the pandemic eight in 10 UK business leaders have experienced symptoms of mental ill-health such as fatigue, mood swings and disturbed sleep, due to financial pressures and personal concerns.Worryingly, stigmas are preventing many from seeking help. Two in five mention potential damage to their reputation while others fear the impact on their professional or social standing.
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