Spending almost a year in a global pandemic, which has forced so many of us to spend significant time alone, away from family and friends, it comes as no surprise that many individuals are experiencing a sense of anxiety when it comes to the thought of getting back to ‘normalcy.’ Which is what brings us to Verywell releasing a Mind Mental Health Tracker.
The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker, is a monthly report that measures Americans’ stress, moods, and the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first wave of results revealed that nearly twice as many young adults (Gen Z and Millennials) are stressed compared to Boomers (62% vs. 35%), particularly about jobs, finances, and re-entering the post-pandemic world. They also struggle more with feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and the potential stigma associated with seeking professional help. In the United States and throughout the world, the population has 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 the sincere hope that the worst is behind us, and that Americans are beginning to feel better for the first time in a long time.
In the coming months, Verywell will continue to keep their fingers on the pulse of mental health in the U.S. by providing regular updates of The Verywell Mind Mental Health Tracker. Each month, their Editor-in-Chief, Amy Morin, LCSW, will share the survey findings that are most important, based on their readers, during the journey back to our everyday lives. To see the latest insights and takeaways, read more on their website, linked above.