The number of sick days due to mental health problems has doubled within ten years, in Germany – of around 48 million in 2007 to 107 million in 2017.

The answer of the Federal Ministry of labour, on the request of the left party in the Bundestag, which is the Newspapers of the Funke media group. Thereafter, the resulting economic failure costs in this period almost tripled from 12.4 billion to 33.9 billion euros.

In the year 2018, the DAK-health registered however, for the first time since 2006, a decline. In January, the Fund informed that the number of days that were missing their employed Insured persons due to mental disorders has decreased in the past year by 5.6 percent compared to the previous year. Mental disorders were then, but still the third most common cause for missed days (15.2 percent). In the first place, diseases of the muscular-skeletal system (20,9), the second respiratory 16,0) suffering (.

As the Funke media group, citing the labor Department reported rose between 2007 and 2017 the number of entries into Retirement due to reduced working capacity due to mental disorders, approximately 53 900 to more than 71 300. 2017 went accordingly, about 41 200 women prematurely due to mental diagnoses in a pension. In the case of men, there were about 30 100. The Figures are based according to the report, social security data and calculations of the Federal Institute for work protection and work medicine. Information for the year 2018 are not yet available.

The Federal government is the employer sees in duty: Against mental stress, no new work would help protection rules, quote the spark of Newspapers from the government’s response. The objective should rather be to enable companies and Employees to take advantage of the existing Osh instruments. Jutta Krell husband, work, political spokeswoman of the left party, criticized this attitude is in sharp focus. “Many employers continue to wear: High pressure, high flexibility – always faster, always more. Employees are pushed beyond their limit,” said the spark-Newspapers. “The Federal government is watching, thumbs rotating.”