Why soaring depression rates mean ‘a new mandate’ for employers

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Nearly a third of employees now describe themselves as depressed, new research reveals, the latest signal of a troubling mental health crisis.

A new survey of 5,000 employees from research firm Gartner finds that 29% describe themselves as depressed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The need for wellbeing support has skyrocketed since the pandemic struck, giving organizations a new mandate to offer more and better programs,” says Carolina Valencia, vice president in the Gartner HR practice. “Organizations, more than ever, must respond to all facets of the individual, from the physical to the emotional, and address some of the new

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