Third of creative professionals suffer from some form of mental illness

More than a third of professionals working in the creative sector suffer from symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a new study.

CV Library, which published the report, found that 38.9 per cent of respondents reported some form of mental illness.

Of those who do suffer, 94 per cent said the symptoms have directly impacted on their working life.

Just over a quarter (28 per cent) said they doubt their own abilities, while a similar amount (27 per cent) thought that their working life was “boring”.

Participants also cited poor working relationships, both with senior staff and colleagues.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, said: “While mental health is something we are beginning to talk more about across the UK, it’s clear that there’s still more that needs to be done to help those affected – especially in the workplace. It’s sad to learn that over a third of marketing professionals are suffering from depression and/or anxiety, and that this is having such a negative impact on their ability to do their job.

“If you are among those affected, it’s time to take action. This might not always be easy, but the first step is certainly the hardest. Speak to your manager, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, try to talk to a trusted colleague. You should also seek help outside of work.”