Mental Health Index: June 2021

Elevated risk of PTSD linked to struggles in most capacities measured by the Mental Health Index


Mental health improvements are overshadowed by broadening concerns about workers’ elevated risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Mental Health Index recorded some positive findings in June, but also revealed concerning trends surrounding workers’ risk of PTSD — which remained elevated again last month. Pandemic induced PTSD is creating widespread deficits in cognition and resilience that are likely to impact employees’ performance in the workplace.
  • Data shows decreased anxiety (44%), depressed mood (43%), stress (25%), and negativity (20%) from May to June.
  • Workers who screened at risk for PTSD showed significantly worse memory, focus, resilience, and planning than those without a PTSD risk.
  • Females ages 20-39 drove improvements across several mental capacities in June. Anxiety (44%), depressed mood (43%), stress (25%) and conscious negativity (20%) all improved among this group.