Verywell Mind Insights

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In the United States and throughout the world, the rise of COVID caused lockdowns, isolation, illness, and an upheaval of our regular way of life. All of this led to what might be considered a secondary pandemic in the form of a mental health crisis. More than two years later, we're still dealing with the effects alongside other concerns like job stress, financial instability, and child wellness.

With that crisis, however, came an opportunity for all of us to better understand the nature of mental health and how it affects you on a daily basis whether or not you are dealing with a clinical condition like depression or anxiety.

Verywell Mind Insights is our effort to identify and measure shifting attitudes and behaviors around mental health. Through regular surveys of thousands of adults living in the US, we aim to keep our fingers on the pulse of mental health in America and capture the sentiment surrounding the topics that matter most to our readers and their families.

Below, you will find a preview and link to each survey we've completed to date.

Cost Remains Significant Barrier to Therapy Access

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The Clear and Hidden Costs of Therapy

Our May 2022 Cost of Therapy Survey analyzed the financial aspects of therapy, from how Americans see it as an investment in their well-being to how concerned they are about continuing to pay for it.

Nearly Half of Americans Have Considered Changing Jobs Recently

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Verywell / Julie Bang

The Great Resignation

In February 2021, we took an in-depth look at how Americans were feeling about their jobs, how burnout compounds preexisting financial stressors, and what actions they were considering to improve their situation.

Half of Americans Feel Negatively About Their Appearance

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Verywell / Joshua Seong

Our Body Positivity Problem

For our December 2021 survey, we asked how Americans were feeling about their bodies with the (often food-based) holidays approaching. Many Americans have a negative view of their appearance, and receiving comments about it from other people can often make it worse.

3 in 4 Americans Are Concerned About the Holidays

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Verywell / Bailey Mariner & Joshua Seong

Family Parties Aren't What They Used to Be

In November 2021, we asked how Americans were feeling about the holidays. Folks were excited for large family gatherings, but between financial stress, political disagreement, and various COVID-related issues, many remained worried about the holiday season.

What Americans Are Worrying About Right Now, From the Silent Generation to Gen Z

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Generational Stress Divides

For October 2021, we looked at the outlook Americans have about the future, and the prevalence of various concerns broken down by generation. We found that the top worry for the eldest Americans, the Silent Generation, was political instability, and for the youngest generation, Gen Z, it was global warming. But overall financial instability was the biggest concern, which showed economic recovery still had a ways to go as we continued to live through the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-Related Financial Stress Lingers Even After Other Stressors Wane

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Verywell / Joshua Seong

Money Problems

For our August 2021 survey, we looked at the severe impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on financial stress, particularly for those individuals who lost their jobs. While we saw signs of a recovery in progress, it's clear those steps recovery had not been reached by everyone.

Americans Understand the Importance of Mental Health, But Still Neglect It

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Why Don't We Work Out Our Minds More?

In July 2021, we analyzed the disconnect between how we feel about caring for our mental health and what we actually do about it. Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, explains why exercising our mind may take a backseat to exercising our bodies.

Why You Should Tell Your Kids If You’re Seeing a Therapist

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Verywell / Joshua Seong

Don't Hide From Your Kids

In June 2021 edition, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, reviewed the data on stressed-out parents and shared why it's important to tell your kids when you're seeing a therapist.

Gen Z Is the Most Stressed Out Generation Right Now

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Verywell / Bailey Mariner

The Kids Aren't Alright

In our May 2021 survey, we found stark generational differences regarding the state of our mental health. View the data from the initial survey, and our analysis of the results that compared the mental well-being of Gen Z and Millennials to older populations.


Verywell Mind Insights is an ongoing series of surveys of Americans’ attitudes and behaviors around their mental well-being. The surveys are fielded online, to a sample of thousands of adults living in the U.S. The total sample matches U.S. Census estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and region.

  • Gender: Woman 51% | Man 47% | Non-binary/Self-describe 1%
  • Generation: Gen Z 12% | Millennials 28% | Gen X 26% | Boomers 26% | Silent Generation 8%
  • Race/Ethnicity (Multi-Select): White 64% | Black 15% | Latino/Latinx 18% | Asian 7% | Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1% | American Indian or Alaska Native 2% | Middle Eastern or North African 1%
  • Region: Northeast 17% | Midwest 21% | South 38% | West 24%
  • Household Income: <$25k 23% | $25k-$50k 22% | $50k-$75k 17%| $75k-$100k 12% | $100k+ 18%
  • Political Views: Democrat 37% | Republican 26% | Independent 25% | Other 2%

Field Dates

  • Wave 1: 4/28/21–5/5/21
  • Wave 2: 5/19/21–5/27/21
  • Wave 3: 6/10/21–6/19/21
  • Wave 4: 7/9/21 - 7/20/21
  • Wave 5: 8/18/21 - 8/30/21
  • Wave 6: 9/27/21 - 10/8/21
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