The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has announced that a record high number of work-related mental illnesses were recorded in 2011.
According to the ministry, 325 people were recognized as suffering from mental disorders as a result of their work, Sankei Shimbun reported. As causes, the ministry cited excessive overtime, stress and depression following the March 11 disaster.
In total, the number of people who applied for compensation for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was 1,272 people, an increase of 91 over 2010, the ministry said. The number of suicides and suicide attempts attributed to work-related issues was 66, the ministry said.
A ministry spokesman was quoted as saying that when companies downsize, remaining employees are faced with a lot more work, and their stress builds up with no outlet, Sankei reported.© Japan Today