Post-pandemic mental health
WHAT: During the pandemic, reported mental illness has increased, but it is unclear whether it is due to the pandemic or whether it has rather been a catalyst for diagnoses that were still under way. Just like before the pandemic, more women than men are affected, and the European study points out that it is mainly young people who have been affected and a study also shows an increase in women in leading positions, which the authors believe may have to do with the “invisible work ”that women often do in the workplace (such as caring for the well-being of others in various ways).
SO WHAT: Increasing ill health among employees is a trend that affects several aspects – partly employers’ responsibility for preventive measures and rehabilitation, and partly from an organizational structural point of view about how we organize work in a sustainable way. The pandemic and the anxiety it brings with it is a fact to relate to, but it may mean that individuals need to take measures and steps to strengthen their own resilience to change.