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man with head in hands sitting on steps Rates of depression have increased in all segments of the population since 2018, especially among the least healthy and most overweight. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Although the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline, the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of employees may continue after physical symptoms subside.

“Many ignore the long-term psychological damage wrought by a year of isolation and disruption of comforting social norms,” according to a new study about depression in the workplace from Catapult Health. “In fact, an American Psychiatric Association poll reported that 62% of Americans feel more anxious than they did in 2019. For leaders to optimally prepare for a post-COVID environment, they must consider both sides of the coin. This requires a deeper understanding of the complex nuances of mental health and building policies around clinical data and guidelines rather than a layman’s definition influenced by media.”

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