Mental health provider ComPsych revealed that anxiety is the top mental health issue impacting workers. Nearly one-quarter (24%) of the individuals who contacted ComPsych for mental help assistance in 2023 were looking for help with anxiety. Last year, ComPsych facilitated more than 300,000 cases for American workers.

Anxiety has drastically risen in recent years. Now, this mental health condition has surpassed common struggles, such as depression, stress, relationship and family issues, addiction, and grief. Mental health experts aren’t necessarily surprised by the increase in Americans’ anxiety, and the condition will likely continue to present challenges for employees and employers alike.

“From the pandemic to ongoing conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, civil unrest, an unpredictable economy, and increasingly polarized political rhetoric surrounding elections, there is a persistent underlying feeling of apprehension and worry,” says Richard Chaifetz, founder, CEO, and chairman of ComPsych.

Furthermore, these findings about anxiety come just weeks after ComPsych revealed that mental health-related leaves of absence are rising in the workplace—up 33% in 2023 from 2022. Looking again at a surge in anxiety over the past several years, mental health-related absences are up 300% from 2017 to 2023. 

In response, organizations should consider reviewing their mental health benefits and resources, such as employee assistance programs, and ensure they’re well-utilized by employees. Education efforts can also help employees fully understand their available mental health tools and resources.

For more information on how to utilize an employee assistance program, contact a Gilsbar employee benefits specialist.