Mental Health Survey Reveals Rise in Concern Levels

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We’ve been focusing on several important topics during Mental Health Awareness Month. Our goal, as always, is to help as many people as possible learn more about mental illness in hopes that they will recognize the signs in themselves or loved ones. For far too long, mental illness was a taboo topic, and one that was simply not discussed. People who suffered did so either silently or with the added weight of a stigma attached to them. Many were even ostracized or shunned, only making matters worse. The results of a mental health survey could indicate a change in that regard.

Despite the promising, silver lining-type of information we can take from the survey, the actual results of it should send off proverbial alarm bells for everyone. We’ll get into the details below, but what you’ll see is that the level of concern among all Americans relating to mental health and illness has been rising rapidly, which could indicate the presence of a much larger problem than most may realize.

The team at SoCal Empowered is dedicated to helping people who suffer from mental illness, and to us, everyone should be concerned. That’s because everyone either loves, knows or knows of someone who is suffering, whether they talk about it or not. Something like a mental health survey such as the one we’ll discuss below reveals that an enormous number of people are at least thinking about it.

The CVS Mental Health Survey Details

The mental health survey at issue was completed and publicized in 2022, but for whatever reason it did not get a ton of attention. CVS and Morning Consult collaborated on the survey, which included 2,209 adults. The respondents completed an interview online and their demographics were weighted to approximate an accurate sample of the American public at large. The full discussion of the survey can be found here.

People answered questions about their own mental health, their concern level for it and their awareness and concerns about mental health in others in their lives. Some of the key findings include:

  • Nearly 60 percent of Americans had experienced concerns about their own mental health or that of friends or loved ones. That represented an increase of 9 percent over two years.
  • 53 percent of Americans agreed with the statement that hearing others talk about mental health challenges made them more comfortable talking about their own difficulties.
  • 57 percent of LBGTQIA respondents expressed concerns about their own mental health, which was 20 percent higher than any other demographic.
  • 74 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 stated that they had concerns about mental health for themselves or others. That represented a 12 percent increase from 2020.
  • 74 percent of adults agreed that employers should offer resources and access to mental health services.
  • However, only 35 percent felt comfortable talking about mental health concerns with a colleague.

Reading these numbers, one has to wonder what they’d look like now. Whatever the case, it’s clear that the pandemic and other developments brought the topic of mental illness to the front of a lot of people’s minds. This mental health survey points towards that trend.

What It All Means

What should be clear, both from this mental health survey and other sources of information, is that there is what could be termed a mental health pandemic occurring in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, or the NIMH, nearly 58 million adults lived with mental illness in 2021. That’s approximately 20 percent of the adult population. As stated above, if you know five people, percentages indicate that at least one of them is struggling, silently or otherwise.

This mental health survey also clearly shows that talking about mental health problems is helpful. What was once verboten or simply not discussed for fear of shame and embarrassment is emerging now as a topic of real relevance. That’s an important step, as problems do not get better unless people are not only aware of their existence, but when they get together to work on solutions.

The LBGTQIA community is really suffering. This mental health survey highlights that extremely unfortunate reality. According to the American Hospital Association, or the AHA, lesbian, gay and bisexual adults were more than six times as likely as heterosexuals to experience suicidal ideation, plans or attempts of suicide. The data in this mental health survey seem to corroborate that information.

Young people are either really struggling, more aware of mental health problems or perhaps both. Nearly three-quarters of an entire age group regularly thinks about mental health challenges and difficulties, and that’s much higher than any other age group. It could have to do with the struggles – perceived or otherwise – of early adulthood, but the percentages seen above are alarming.

Finally, it makes sense that people feel like they should have access to help at work. After all, most people have their health insurance through their employer, and surveys have provided varied results with regards to how satisfied people are with what’s available for them.

How SoCal Empowered Can Help

A mental health survey like the one discussed here, even if it’s from 2022, can be extremely helpful with regards to bringing about increased mental health awareness. We work every day trying to help those in need, and we fully understand how devastating it can be to learn that you or a loved one needs help as soon as possible.

However, like any other illness, the sooner you do something about it, the better, as mental illnesses that linger are only going to get worse much like any other disease. That’s why we’re here to answer you calls and to help you decide what you should do to get better. Contact us today so we can get that process started.

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