Inflation causing poorer mental health among Americans
LifeWorks, a leading provider of digital and in-person total wellbeing solutions, today released its monthly Mental Health Index™ showing that the 20 percent of Americans who are not able to meet basic needs, such as food and housing, have a mental health score more than 16 points below the national average. Additionally, 15 percent of respondents indicate they are uncertain whether their households will be secure next year.
The Index found that American workers' optimism, general psychological health, and financial risk scores declined from April to May.
Many Americans are facing or dealing with the impacts of inflation
Comments from president and chief executive officer, Stephen Liptrap
Comments from global leader and senior vice president, research and total wellbeing, Paula Allen
The full United States LifeWorks Mental Health Index™ report can be found here. This month, the report includes additional insights on the impacts of the increased aggression and conflict, housing security, managers' and employees' perspective on working from home, and safety at the workplace. To receive LifeWorks Mental Health Index™ every month, subscribe here.
About the Mental Health Index™
Beginning in May 2022, corresponding to the third year of the Mental Health Index™ by LifeWorks, scores are represented as absolute. To create the Mental Health Index™, a response scoring system is applied to turn individual responses into point values. Higher point values are associated with better mental health and less mental health risk. Scores between 0 to 49 correspond with distress levels, scores between 50 to 79 correspond with strain levels and scores between 80 to 100 correspond with optimal levels.
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