Mental Health Index: June 2021 Update

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

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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.