November Mental Health Index Shows Women’s Risk of Addiction Up 65%

December 18, 2020

The newest "Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition" shows the risk of addiction in women increased 65% from September to November, suggesting many are coping with the pandemic in unhealthy ways.

The risk of mental health issues like stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD continues to be up from pre-pandemic numbers.  Among U.S. workers, anxiety among those aged 40-59 is up 103%, the risk of depression among the general population is up 66%, and the risk of PTSD is up 47%.  The Index also finds the risk of sleep apnea has climbed 126% over the last 10 months, highlighting the complex relationship between physical and mental health. 

The increased risk of addiction is especially concerning to employers who have been working to train managers and leadership on understanding the signs of mental health issues.  Colleen McHugh, Executive Vice President of the American Health Policy Institute, stated that "This new data showing an increased likelihood of addiction and further decline in mental health is of great concern to American Health Policy Institute member companies.  Large employers are focusing on providing support to their employees during this difficult time, which is intensified by the holiday season."

Our American Health Policy Institute and the Association are actively engaged in the distribution of the Index in partnership with Total Brain, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, and One Mind at Work. 

If you are interested in learning more about participating, please contact Colleen McHugh at