Swedes Less Stressed?
Fewer and fewer Swedes are being given sick leave by doctors because of stress symptoms, according to new statistics from the Social insurance agency, Försäkringskassan. They say that numbers have more than halved since September 2006.
Jan Larsson from the National Board of Health and Welfare, who worked with setting new recommendations for how long people should be allowed to take off work because of stress, says that in the past people tended to be given sick leave whether their symptoms were light or severe. He told Swedish news agency TT that the reduction is good news if it means that those that are back in work have had help and that doctors have become better at deciding who should be on sick leave, and who shouldn't.
Since 2006 the Government has also set a limit on how long people can be given sick leave, as well as putting extra resources into helping people with less severe mental illnesses.