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. New data in June brings insight into how Frontline Healthcare Providers and First Responders have dealt with 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.
Dr. Anthony Hassan on the potential impact of the pandemic
On June 11, 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. The network has launched the CVN Frontline initiative as a response. 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.
America’s Mental Health Pulse Survey
Overall, the original April 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 released specific data on April 27 from post-9/11 veterans, active-duty military and their families. The info was featured in a Stars & Stripes story on April 23. 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.
– Empire Report (New York, NY): Too Late: We Can’t Be Too Late in Improving Our Mental Health System in the Wake of COVID-19
– PIX 11 (New York, NY): Doctor Shares Mental Health Tips, Resources Amid COVID-19 Crisis
– Cheatham County Exchange (Clarksville, TN): Virus Can Add Strain to Mental Health
– Yahoo Finance: 58% Concerned Social Distancing May Impact Their Mental Health
– WTSP Channel 10 (Tampa, FL): Finding Care in Crisis
– WMAR2 News (Baltimore, MD): Midday Maryland – Telehealth Services
About the Surveys
On behalf of the Cohen Veterans Network, The Harris Poll conducted 523 online interviews among frontline healthcare providers and first responders nationally and in New York City from May 19 – 28, 2020. Combined with the national sample, an oversample yielded a total of 153 of New York City uniformed frontline workers. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
The America’s Mental Health COVID-19 Pulse Study was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Cohen Veterans Network and included 2,026 American adults aged 18 or older who participated in an online survey between March 30 – April 1, 2020. Results were weighted to Census targets for education, age/gender, race/ethnicity, region, household income, and propensity to be online were adjusted where necessary to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population.
The pulse study comes as a followup to the 2018 America’s Mental Health Study done in collaboration between CVN and the National Council on Behavioral Health. That study revealed American mental health services are insufficient, and despite high demand, the root of the problem is lack of access – or the ability to find care.
– National Veterans Crisis Hotline: (800) 273-8255, push 1
– National Women Veterans Hotline: (855) 829-6636
– National Domestic Violence: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
– SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline