Depression, anxiety in spotlight as Tuesday marks World Mental Health Day

According to the World Health Organisation, the two are common mental disorders that have an impact on many people's abilities to work productively.

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CAPE TOWN - Tuesday marks World Mental Health Day and depression and anxiety are in the spotlight.

According to the World Health Organisation, the two are common mental disorders that have an impact on many's abilities to work productively.

More than 300 million people suffer from depression around the world.

And more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders.

Many of these people live with both.

A recent South African Depression and Anxiety Group-led survey found that 61% disclosed their mental illness to their managers.

However, 69% of respondents experienced a negative or no response when they had discussed it with them.

The study surveyed 499 people, of which 79% were female and 21% males - 59% of respondents were aged between 31 and 50 years old.