According to the Mental Health Index: Compared to before COVID-19, PTSD has increased 53% and sustained attention has decreased 53%
Published: October 14, 2021 at 12:46 CDT|Up to date: 13 minutes ago
SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, October 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / -Chronic pandemic-induced stress and anxiety has released a nine-month increase in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). As a return to the workplace for many weavers large, American employers face a terrible and overwhelmed workforce that can not concentrate. According to the Mental Health Index: US Worker Edition, as the risk of PTSD continues to rise month by month, the capacity for sustained attention continues to decline. Compared to before COVID-19, the risk of PTSD has increased + 53%, while the capacity for sustained attention has decreased 53%.
It is critically important that employers are prepared to deal with trauma in the workplace.
The Mental Health Index: US Worker Edition, run by Total Brain, a mental health and brain performance monitoring platform, distributed in partnership with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, One Mind at Work and the HR Policy Association and its American Health Policy Institute.
“Employers are being challenged like never before; the far-reaching effects of the pandemic are testing even our country’s most experienced business leaders,” he said. Louis Gagnon, CEO, Total Brain. “Workers ‘focus is hijacked by intense fear and trauma. It is critically important that employers be prepared to deal with trauma in the workplace, including understanding their role in exacerbating trauma and their power to help alleviate workers’ overwhelming anxiety.”
“As the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic and return to the workplace continues to increase stress, anxiety and trauma among employees, it is crucial that employers recognize this trend and develop strategies for how to provide the necessary support for employees’ mental well-being,” Daryl said Tol, Executive Vice President, One Mind at Work.
Advice for employers
According to experts at One Mind at Work, there are three important steps an employer can take to deal with trauma.
- Recognize the many dimensions of trauma
Trauma can stem from individual experiences, in and out of the workplace, as well as stem from a range of events or happenings. Gathering a representative strategic planning team on trauma from within the organization can help managers understand potential risks and pressures that may exist for different types of employees or those working in different locations.
- Train traumatic event responses
Scenario planning, which helps each person understand their role in the event of a traumatic event, including when and how their responsibilities will evolve as needs change, enables employers to respond more quickly and effectively, while they create opportunities to consider reaction holes.
- Integrate trauma into conversations about mental health
Integrating trauma into information meetings for the purpose of normalizing discussions about mental health makes it more likely that employees experiencing distress will be able to recognize and respond to their mental needs.
Michael Thompson, National Alliance President and CEO, said: “It is clear that there will be a lasting impact on mental health in the workplace due to the pandemic. The trauma rate for employees is real, but so are the improvements in focus and resources from employers to support mental health and well-being. In balance, we may be better at understanding and supporting mental health as we move forward. “
Colleen McHugh, Executive Vice President of the American Health Policy Institute and Strategic Advisor to the HR Policy Association, said: “While the results of PTSD are alarming, large employers have strengthened their efforts to provide safe, healthy workplaces and increased their offerings, including mental and behavioral health care, child care. and flexible work arrangements.In addition, employers are focused on reducing stigma and integrating mental health care into their work culture.We encourage employees to face increased anxiety, lack of focus or PTSD that has affected so many people during this pandemic era, to seek this additional support offered by their employer. “
The full results of the Mental Health Index can be found here. For further insight there will be a free 30-minute webinar on Friday, October 15th at noon east. Sign up here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_InKxTvGyR06EdzbBse7F9g.
In future, Mental Health Index: US Worker Edition will be published quarterly. IN January 2022, The Mental Health Index will look back at employees’ mental health data, trends, and influential factors in the fourth quarter.
To learn more, see Total Brain Chief Medical Officer Dr. Evian Gordon as he discusses how the Total Brain platform addresses PTSD. For more information on PTSD in the workplace download, Trauma and mental health in the workplace. This White Paper is the latest work in the One Mind at Work CHRO Insight series, created in partnership with the SHRM Foundation.
Methodology: Mental Health Index: US Worker Edition contains data taken from a weekly randomized sample of 500 working Americans taken from a larger universe of Total Brain users. The index is NOT a survey or a poll. Data are retrieved from neuroscientific brain assessments using standardized digital assignments and questions from the Total Brain platform. Participants include workers from all walks of life and regions, job levels, occupations, industries and types of organizations (public versus private). The brain assessments used to compile the Mental Health Index were taken weekly from the first week of February 2020 until the week starts September 20, 2021, inclusive. The last two weeks of August 2021 (16.-29. August inclusive) was compared with the last two weeks of September 2021 (13.-26. September inclusive) to evaluate the changes that have taken place in data trends in the last month from August to September 2021. Changes since the baseline before the pandemic (beginning of February 2020) to the end of September 2021 was also evaluated.
About Total Brain: Total Brain is based on San Francisco and publicly listed in Sydney, OFF (ASX: TTB). Total Brain is a self-monitoring and self-care platform that has more than 1 mio registered users. Benefits for employers and payers include better access to mental health, lower costs and higher productivity. Benefits for healthcare providers include improved patient outcomes, tracking of evidence-based outcomes across continuity of care, and a reduction in clinician fatigue. totalbrain.com
About National Alliance: The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) is the only nonprofit, procurement-driven organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health and wellness value across the country. Its members represent the private and public sectors, non-profit organizations and Taft-Hartley organizations, and more than 45 million Americans spend over $ 300 billion annually in the field of health. nationalalliancehealth.org
About One Mind at Work: One Mind at Work was launched in 2017 and is a global coalition of leaders from different sectors who have joined forces with the goal of transforming approaches to mental health and addiction. One Mind at Work now includes more than 90 global employers and 18 research and content partners. The coalition covers more than 8 million people under its charter. onemindatwork.org
About HR Policy Association: The HR Policy Association is the leading organization representing Chief Human Resource Officers at major employers. The association consists of over 390 of the largest companies doing business in The United States and globally, and these employers are represented in the organization by their most senior human resources manager. Together, their companies employ more than 10 million people in The United States, over nine percent of the private sector workforce and 20 million employees worldwide. These senior business executives join the association because of their commitment to improving staff policy guidelines. hrpolicy.org.
About the American Health Policy Institute: The American Health Policy Institute is a non-partisan non-profit think tank, started by the HR Policy Foundation, that examines the practical implications of health policy changes through the lens of major employers. The institute examines the challenges faced by employers in providing healthcare to their employees and recommends policy solutions to promote the delivery of high-quality, employer-based healthcare. The institute serves to provide thought guidance based on the hands-on experience of America’s largest employers. Their mission is to develop effective strategies to ensure that those who buy health care are not only able to bend the cost curve, but actually break it by keeping inflation in health costs in line with general inflation. americanhealthpolicy.org.
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