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Stressed workers ask for counselling

STRESSED Irish workers would benefit if counselling services were offered in the workplace.

A third of all Irish workers complain they are stressed because of their jobs.

And almost three out of four (72pc) workers think there is a need for counselling and psychotherapy in the workplace.

According to research commissioned by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), stress in the workplace is highest among the 25 to 49 age group, affecting 59pc of workers.

A survey also showed that four in five people under 24 would support such services being available at work.

Overall, the survey found that work was the main cause of stress for 31pc of adults.

Half the adults surveyed said that they would like their employer to offer confidential counselling services and psychotherapy.

Meanwhile, a survey last year by EU research agency Eurofound showed that 46pc of Irish people said they were stressed at work or at home, while 12pc said they were stressed at both.

Work-related stress is estimated to cost the economy €200m a year.