Summer 2020: Pulse Surveys Reveal Impact of Pandemic

America’s Mental Health Pulse Surveys, released in April and June 2020, examined the state of mental health of Americans during the pandemic.  The initial survey took an overall look at mental health in this country, with an additional deep dive into how veterans and military families are feeling. Newer data in June brings insight into how Frontline Healthcare Providers and First Responders have dealt with the pandemic.

Overall, the 2020 America’s Mental Health Pulse Survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults offered a comprehensive snapshot of the mindset of Americans surrounding mental health during the pandemic. Key findings included:

– 70% of Americans are worried about their physical health due to COVID-19, and 58% of Americans are concerned about their mental health because of social distancing

– Two-thirds (64%) of Americans report feeling anxious, yet only one in six (14%) households have accessed mental health care as a result of the pandemic

AMH Pulse: Military Connected Data

CVN also released specific data from post-9/11 veterans, active-duty military and their families. The info was featured in a Stars & Stripes story on April 23, 2020.  Among the highlights:

– While 14% of the general population sought mental health care during COVID-19, 50% + sought mental health care in the military-connected community.

– Nearly seven in ten veterans who served after 9/11 say they are concerned about their mental health because of social distancing and 6 in ten said they were concerned about their employment status. 

AMH Pulse: Frontline Healthcare Providers and First Responders

On June 11, 2020, on the three-month milestone of the global pandemic, CVN announced the results of a national survey of frontline healthcare providers (HCPs) and first responders that showed that COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on their physical and mental health. Key survey findings included:

– Nearly three in four healthcare providers feel their job is putting the lives of their family at risk because of the pandemic (73%).

– In New York City six in ten (58%) frontline HCPs are concerned about their mental health; 29% feel scared.