The Mental Health Index recorded another month of elevated PTSD risk in U.S. workers’, up 35% since the start of February 2021 and 53% higher than pre-pandemic. This is challenging employees’ ability to focus, with their capacity for sustained attention declining a commensurate 53% since the pre-pandemic level.
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, including a significant negative hit to their cognitive capacities.
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. Recognizing the multiple dimensions of trauma, integrating trauma into mental health conversations, and providing tools to help employees manage distractions and break in-the-moment stress are all critical at this juncture.
Greater risk of PTSD in September 2021 vs. pre-pandemic
Lower Sustained Attention (Focus) than pre-pandemic
Greater risk of General Anxiety Disorder than last month