The Mental Health Index recorded another month of elevated PTSD risk in U.S. workers’, up 32% since the start of February 2021 and 50% higher than pre-pandemic. And, while those aged 40-59 seemed to bounce back after several months of declining mental health, a new concerning trend emerged among those aged 20-39. This cohort of workers has seen increases in stress (13%), anxiety (29%), conscious negativity bias (8%) and reduced planning capacity (-14%) since June. Could the rise of the delta variant, coupled with the end of summer be having an outsized impact on America’s youngest workers?
When looking at workers’ risks of mental conditions, PTSD continues to remain an outlier. Unlike PTSD, risk of other mental conditions has not been consistently above pre-pandemic levels in recent months.
Workers who are at risk of PTSD are facing multiple other mental health challenges, and younger workers, those 20-39, are showing concerning signs of increased stress, anxiety and negativity.
Due to the high number of workers screening at risk for PTSD (17%), employers need to understand that more of their employees may be struggling and in need of additional support. Because of this, now is an ideal time for companies to rollout mental health screening and support resources, so those most in need can be quickly directed to appropriate care resources.
Greater risk of PTSD in August 2021 vs. pre-pandemic
Increase in stress versus last month
Increase in conscious negativity bias since last month