Employee Benefit News July 12, 2021
“Are you ok?”
Many of us have asked our loved ones, friends and coworkers this question over the past 18 months as we’ve dealt with the trauma and fear of the COVID-19 crisis. As mental health plummeted from bad to worse, the majority of Americans grappled with record levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a 93% increase in people seeking treatment for depression and a 63% increase for those seeking help for anxiety, according to Mental Health America. Stress and burnout continue to rise, with more than three-quarters of the workforce reporting feelings of burnout, spurred by fears around office reopenings and uncertainty around what comes next for so many.