A survey of NHS staff found that the number of people who said they had suffered a mental health or other illness since becoming employed had doubled in just five years.
The survey, carried out by The Times for NHS England, also found that more than half (53 per cent) of those who said that they were worried about their mental health at work were now in contact with mental health services.
Many people said they felt they had been bullied and intimidated in the workplace.
A further 28 per cent said they were being told to stop caring about mental health and they were feeling isolated.
More than 1,500 people in the survey were asked whether they felt pressure to be compliant with the health and safety guidelines or leave the job.
Nearly half of those surveyed (49 per cent), and 56 per cent of people in management positions, said they would leave the NHS if they felt that the rules were being broken.
This compares to just 18 per cent in management roles, 20 per cent among NHS staff, and 25 per cent overall.
The majority (72 per cent, including 71 per cent at senior management levels) said they wanted to keep their job, but many were worried that they would be pressured to leave.
‘No excuse’ ‘A huge step’ The survey also found an increasing number of NHS workers who were struggling to meet their personal health and wellbeing standards, with more than 40 per cent saying they were struggling with depression, anxiety and stress.
Many said they found it difficult to talk to people about their concerns.
Dr Louise Wainwright, chief executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: ‘There is no excuse for this.
‘We are hearing stories of people coming into care with problems, including depression, but we need to be honest about this.’
‘It is a huge step forward.’
Dr Wainwrk said it was ‘not just mental health workers who have a problem.
It is the NHS as a whole.’
She said mental health care workers had been struggling to make the transition from the traditional job market to the social care system, which is a much more demanding profession.
‘I don’t think this is going to be a short-term solution to this.
It’s not going to solve it overnight.’
There are a lot of barriers that need to change, including a lack of support and support for people with mental illness.’
Mental health crisis in NHS is growing ‘The mental health crisis is growing, but it’s still a small part of it.’
It is not just mental illness, it’s mental health as a condition.
‘It needs to be addressed in the public and in the private sector.’
‘It’s not the first time we’ve seen this.
We’ve seen a rise in suicide rates.
It has been a problem in our community for years.
‘And the number is not going down.’
A report by the National Association of Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists (NACSP) said the NHS should set targets for mental health, but only in partnership with healthcare workers.
The report said the Government should introduce a national mental health strategy and set targets to target mental health problems in healthcare.
‘A mental health policy that is sustainable and effective, is the first step to tackling the growing problem of mental health in the NHS,’ said the report, which called for a ‘long-term national strategy to address mental health’ by 2020.
It also recommended that all mental health providers in the country should be made to report on their mental wellbeing.
Dr Wainswrk agreed that there was no excuse.
‘The problem is not with the staff, it is with the patients.
It was the people who were hurt the most, who were in crisis,’ she said.
‘They are the ones who are really going through this, and it’s not their fault.’
The Times/Hobart Mercury poll of NHS employers found that of those NHS staff who had a mental illness in the last year, 43 per cent reported they had experienced bullying or intimidation, and 56 percent reported they felt isolated in their work.
A third (32 per cent ) said they experienced discrimination, and 17 per cent had suffered threats and violence.