Mental Health Index: October 2022 Q3 Update


False malaise sets in as stress, anxiety, and depression rise.

Despite improvements through the summer, since mid-August, stress, and risk of anxiety disorder, depressive disorder and PTSD all worsened heading into the fall.

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. 

Key findings include:

  • 16% increase in stress from mid-August-September 2022
  • An alarming 106% increase in risk of Depressive Disorder in September 2022 vs. mid-August 2022
  • The risk of General Anxiety Disorder is 44% greater in September vs. August 2022