Anxiety is a normal part of life and it can affect us all in different ways and at different times.
This can stem from common stress factors such as work, relationships or money worries, which will come and go. So stress is a response to a threat in a situation, whereas anxiety is a reaction to the stress, which could stick around for a lot longer, whether or not the cause is clear.
The UK banking sector’s high-pressure environment has led to increased stress levels. Our Bank on Your People study of nearly 7,000 bank workers shows that mental wellbeing and engagement are lower for bank workers than for the average working person in the UK – reinforcing the need to recognise and address stress levels in the sector.
Anxiety affects a worrying 15% of the UK population and that is why we have partnered with Anxiety UK (AUK) to provide bank workers and their dependants with a range of emotional wellbeing therapeutic and self-help services.
Our goal is to support and build the wellbeing of bank workers and we do that through crisis support at one end and preventative interventions at the other.
Our partnership supports AUK in being able to further provide relief to those individuals living with anxiety disorders, stress and anxiety based depression. This means we’re able to offer you support from qualified and accredited therapists throughout the UK.
BWC exists to support the health and wellbeing of the banking community and is entirely independent of banks and all support is provided in confidence. For more information read our guides, send us an email or call our helpline on 0800 0234 834.