Led by researchers at INSERM, in collaboration with various members of the RESPOND consortium, a study was conducted on the impact of work arrangements on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in France.
The researchers sought to identify associations between participants’ employment situation and symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the TEMPO cohort study. Participants in the study responded to multiple questionnaires before and during the pandemic.
Evidence was found that there was a significant mental health impact on unemployed workers during the pandemic and a near-significant impact for people experiencing financial difficulties. The authors call for mental health prevention programmes to offer more targeted support to individuals who have limited (monetary, material, and/or social) resources.