COVID-19 Mental Health Toll



By Renee Schneider

I’m a psychologist. Here’s how employers can help workers get through this pandemic

While everyone should take responsibility for their mental health, there’s a host of things employers can do to help employees remain happy and productive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

With COVID-19 dominating much of our lives, realities such as social isolation, economic losses, additional responsibilities at home, and increasingly heartrending headlines are all taking their toll on our mental health. As much of the world adopts social distancing to do their part to flatten the COVID-19 curve, many are experiencing increased feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, or loneliness.

Although about one-half of Americans report that their mental health has suffered due to the current pandemic, many are struggling to find the time and energy to prioritize mental health. At first glance, this may seem surprising. Given stressors of the pandemic, wouldn’t it make sense for people to prioritize getting mental health support?

Learn how to help employees.

Originally published April 21, 2020 on fastcompany.com.