Depression in the American Workplace

A Data-Driven Look at Workplace Depression, Plus Practical Tips for Helping Your Employees

Assessing and supporting the psychological health of your workforce is a key priority for most companies, but that’s much easier said than done. How prevalent is depression in the workplace? Are there pockets of employees who are especially vulnerable? These are essential questions to have the answers to. The team of experts at Catpult Health analyzed de-identified clinical data from over 427,000 American workers from 2017-2021 revealing ties between depression and other health risks, biological sex, and age.

Some top-level findings include:


» Females were 130% more likely to be depressed than males

» 11 out of every 1,000 patients under 40 reported thoughts of suicide

» Patients who were physically active considered suicide at only half the rate of those who were inactive




Data included in this report were drawn from checkup records of 427,118 Catapult Health patients for whom depression screening was administered between July 2017 and mid-March 2021, taken with consent from participating parties and in compliance with Catapult’s privacy policy.