According to a new national survey, employees still have mental health issues and concerns as business return to ‘normal’ post-pandemic:
- While 53% of workers say they don’t feel the need for mental health support, 35% have taken steps to improve their emotional and mental wellbeing.
- 12% say they haven’t taken any steps but would like to. About a quarter of these (28%) say the cost of care is the greatest barrier to them doing anything to improve their mental health. Another quarter (27%) say they don’t have time to seek care, 21% say they have no energy, and 21% are unsure about the specific care they need.
With research showing that rates of anxiety, stress, depression, and burnout among workers – especially in healthcare fields – at record highs, the survey authors suggest that HR and other leaders have much work to do to address employees’ mental health and wellbeing. They said, “A significant portion of the American population has access to employer-paid mental-health support, and many may not be aware. As concerningly, delaying care actually makes things worse and more difficult to deal with in the longer term.”