Nearly half US public healthworkers report at least 1 mental condition: CDC

Nearly half of US public healthworkers reported symptoms of at least one mental health condition, according to a new survey of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a 2022 survey of 26,069 public health workers, 48 per cent reported symptoms of at least one mental health condition, reports Xinhua news agency.

A total of 28.4 per cent reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, followed by anxiety (27.9 per cent), and depression (27.7 per cent), according to a report of the CDC on Friday.

About 8 per cent of the workers reported suicidal thoughts.

These symptoms were most common among those who worked more than 60 hours a week or spent most of their time working on Covid-19 response activities, according to the survey.

“These findings highlight the need for public health organizations to protect the mental health of their employees,” said the CDC.

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