The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker

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In March, we officially hit a full year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Throughout that time—it has become clear that COVID was much more than a physical concern.

In the United States and throughout the world, we've experienced lockdowns, isolation, illness, and an upheaval of our regular way of life. All of this led to what might be considered a second pandemic in the form of a mental health crisis.

With our collective immunity growing stronger by the day thanks to vaccine distribution, it's our sincere hope that the worst is behind us, and that Americans are beginning to feel better for the first time in a long time.

To find out if this is the case, Verywell Mind surveyed 4,000 adults living in the U.S. to measure the attitudes and behaviors that make up our mental well-being during this long-awaited return to normalcy. You can see the results reflected here in The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker.

In the coming months, we'll continue to keep our fingers on the pulse of mental health in the U.S. by providing regular updates of The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Amy Morin, LCSW, will share the survey findings that are most important to you, our readers, during our journey back to our everyday lives. To see the latest insights and takeaways, read more in the full articles below.

3 in 4 Americans Are Concerned About the Holidays

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Verywell / Bailey Mariner & Joshua Seong

November 2021 Release

For the November edition of the Mental Health Tracker, we asked how Americans are feeling about the holidays. Folks are 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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Verywell / Josh Seong

October 2021 Release

In the October edition of the Mental Health Tracker, we looked at the current 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 proves economic recovery still has a ways to go as we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-Related Financial Stress Lingers Even After Other Stressors Wane

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Verywell / Joshua Seong

August 2021 Release

In the August edition of the Mental Health Tracker, we looked at the severe impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on financial stress, particularly for those individuals who lost their jobs. While we see signs of a recovery in progress, it's clear these steps recovery have not been reached by everyone.

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

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Joshua Seong / Verywell

July 2021 Release

For the July edition of The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker, we take a look at 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

June 2021 Release

For the June edition of The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker, we take a look at the data on stressed-out parents, and Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares 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

May 2021 Release

For the launch of The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker, originally published May 25, 2021, 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 compares the mental well-being of Gen Z and Millennials to older populations.

Methodology

The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker is an ongoing measurement of Americans’ attitudes and behaviors around their mental well-being, as well as the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is fielded online, to a sample of 4,000 adults living in the U.S. The total sample matches U.S. Census estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and region.

Sample Composition

  • 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
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