For many, the end of summer vacations, coupled with the return to the hustle and bustle of school and work routines, and the shorter, darker days, is also an end to the respite of mental health challenges like stress and anxiety. Recent findings from the Q3 2022 Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition reinforce the notion that while summertime fun is good for your mental health, the end of summer can signal a coming period of concern.
From mid-August to September 2022, stress rose 16%, risk of anxiety disorder rose 44%, depressive disorder jumped 106% and PTSD climbed 61%. When coupled with the ongoing economic concerns and geopolitical issues, as well as the coming seasonal stressors of the holidays, this should serve as a reminder to business leaders and their HR departments to be particularly aware of the mental health struggles their employees may be facing in the coming months.
Increase in Stress from mid-August to September 2022
Greater risk of General Anxiety Disorder in September vs. mid-August 2022
Increase in risk of Depressive Disorder in September 2022 vs. mid-August 2022
Spike in risk of PTSD in September vs. mid-August 2022