Psychological distress is more common in some occupations; Read About a thirty-seven year panel study

Researchers found that occupations with a high risk of mental health problems are those with workers who: 1) have high physical or psychological job demands yet little control over work processes; 2) limited support at work; 3) limited ability to use their skills or discretion in how they do so; 4) low or inconsistent income; or 5) low occupational prestige.  It’s estimated that about 19 million Americans have a major depressive episode in a given year and that mental health disorders cost employers nearly $200 billion in 2018.  See the Funding section below for a new federal program aimed at improving job quality in specific sectors of the economy.

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