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Stress in the City: Sharp rise in City workers seeking mental health help

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City workers facing burn out from high pressure jobs are turning to the world famous Priory rehab clinic in increasing numbers, it was today revealed.

The Priory's Fenchurch Street branch is seeing almost 40 referrals a month, up 100% in the last 12 months.

The pressure cooker atmosphere of the financial square mile has become a breeding ground for depression, anxiety and addiction.

The increasing levels of stress prompted the City of London Corporation to launch a suicide prevention campaign earlier this Summer.

Posters with the slogan 'Release the Pressure' urged City workers to discuss their mental health.

Figures released by the City of London police revealed 58 attempted suicides and suicides in just eight months last year.

There has been a clear increase in demand since this centre opened, there's been a 100% increase in referrals over the last year. At the moment there's a real problem where people are very uncertain about relocation and Brexit.

People come here when they're under pressure at work, they're under pressure from their boss, they may be spending a lot of time away from home so it puts their marriage under stress. They're starting to use coping mechanisms such as drinking or potentially illicit drugs.

– DR RICK DRISCOLL, GROUP MEDICAL DIRECTOR, THE PRIORY