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Labor Day mental health check: Work from home leaves Americans feeling lonely and isolated

Telling people to toil away at home and hoping they sort out their own problems isn't a viable strategy.

Phil McGraw and Dr. John Whyte
Opinion contributors

Americans' collective mental health is near an "all-time low," according to a recent study of U.S. workers. This was surely accelerated by the pandemic. Globally, the prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a whopping 25% in 2020.

Last year, as part of what has been called The Great Resignation, an estimated 47 million American workers quit their jobs. Many, especially younger workers, switched to companies that were more "lifestyle" sensitive, offering flexible hours and work from home arrangements.