London has a temper to match Gordon Brown's
The inner London borough of Lambeth scored highest out of the 32 London regions analysed in the first phase of a nationwide study.
Lambeth is a hotbed of the various trigger environmental factors that leave UK residents fuming. It has the second highest population density in London and the nineteenth most deprived in the UK, with only 67% of its 272,000 residents in towns including Brixton, Clapham and Vauxhall in employment.
Lambeth residents report they are dissatisfied with high levels of crime, anti-social behaviour and drug use in the area, alongside their day to day stresses such as being under financial strain or rushed for time- all triggers of anger.
The new report, “Hot Tempered in the City”, is based on government and British Association of Anger Management statistics, finds Enfield is the second angriest London borough and Barnet is in third place.
Also in the Top 10 angry London boroughs are Westminster, Lewisham and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Early findings from the nationwide project suggest that London is the angriest city in the UK, followed by Manchester. Birmingham is in third place, followed by Glasgow and then Bristol.
Mike Fisher, director of the British Association of Anger Management said BAAM data showed that residents in the Capital were frightened by their inability to handle feelings of stress and rage.
“I believe that issues such as crime, violence, domestic violence, road rage, addiction, eating disorders, depression and many other mental health issues all stem from our inability as a culture to handle or express our feelings, especially those of anger.”
Indeed, the fallout of the anger problem is so well recognised that governments in countries including Australia, Canada and the USA fund anger management programmes, he said.
“We want to move anger up the political agenda. It is the elephant in the room at the moment, costing the NHS billions in tackling its side effects. Violent incidents alone cost the NHS £2.7bn a year.”
And the Association (www.angermanage.co.uk) is launching 'Beating Anger Clinics' in London and the south east and across the UK in areas including Derby, Guildford, Oxford, Birmingham and Hull, to help stressed-out citizens cool down.
Fisher said: "From the amount of calls, emails and website visits we receive, BAAM recognises that anger is not only on the increase but could be reaching pandemic levels. Our courses are designed for anyone who is experiencing anger and stress related problems, either at home or work, and is ready to tackle their issues within a specialist environment."
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