Public health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response have been hit hard over the past two years, especially when it comes to feelings of heightened stress, anxiety, and hopelessness. CDC’s State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Task Force would like your help with the ongoing effort to understand and address the mental health impact and support needs of this crucial population. The findings for the 2021 survey were published, and have been cited in numerous articles, testimonies and justifications for additional resources and support to the public health workforce.

We’d like to request your participation and support with sharing the 2022 STLT mental health survey among members of your team, which goes live Monday, March 14 and will remain open until Friday, March 25, 2022. The target population for this survey is public health workers who work at state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. The anonymous, self-administered, online survey covers questions to assess symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation. The survey also assesses demographics, job categories, and work environment. Lastly, we hope to hear about your organizational support and coping strategies throughout the pandemic.

Your participation: As someone currently working in a public health department, your input is vital. Please take 10-15 minutes to participate in the anonymous online survey about the mental health of U.S. public health workers. This survey can be taken on a computer, tablet, or cellular device. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the survey at any time. Please share widely with all of your staff and colleagues at all levels and functions of the department! All full-time, part-time, employees, contractors, fellows and others who work at the health department are eligible to participate.

For more information on CDC’s mental health study, please contact the survey team at