Mental Health and Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 Infographic

January 25, 2021
In our “By the Numbers” infographic, we look at mental health and wellness in the time of COVID-19, examining the impact of 2020 on our collective mental well-being, as well as some signs that there is hope on the horizon.


Mental Health and Wellness in the Time of COVID-19

The Strain of 2020

·         41% of U.S. adults struggled with mental health or substance use, resulting in:

o    31% anxiety/depression

o    26% trauma/stressor-related disorder

o    13% new or increased substance use

·         Year-over-year increase in children's portion of mental health-related emergency department visits:

o    24% ages 5-11; 31% ages 12-17

·         53% of U.S. adults suffered from worry and stress over COVID-19, resulting in:

o    Difficulty sleeping (36%)

o    Difficulty eating (32%)

o    Worsening of chronic conditions (12%)

·         55% of U.S. adults facing financial difficulties have displayed clinical signs of anxiety and/or depression

·         Texts to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s hotline: 1,790 in April 2019 vs. 20,000 in June 2020

·         Since COVID-19:

o    46% of women and 36% of men reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder

o    53% of women and 37% of men say that worry or stress related to COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health


Hope on the Horizon

·         80% of U.S. adults intend to be more mindful about regular self-care practices after the pandemic[1]

o    Since COVID-19’s onset:

§   35% have practiced more creative activities

§   31% have prayed more or engaged in more meaningful conversations with family and friends

§   25% have increased time spent outdoors or healthy food consumption

·         Consumers who use livestream workouts:

o    7% in 2019; 80% since COVID-19

·         43% expect to combine their previous routines and pre-recorded videos/live streams post-COVID-19

·         In the wake of the pandemic:

o    89% expect to spend the same or more on fitness post-lockdown restrictions

o    54% care more about the healthfulness of their food vs. in 2010

o    51% say their companies have added new mental health services


Source: Czeisler, Mark E., Rashon I. Lane, Emiko Petrosky, et al. “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24–30, 2020.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Aug. 2020, Basu, Mihika. “Covid-19 Stress Causes Spike in Mental Health-Related Visits to Emergency Departments among US Children: CDC.” MEAWW, 18 Nov. 2020, Panchal, Nirmita, Rabah Kamal, Kendal Orgera, et al. “The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use.” Kaiser Family Foundation, 21 Aug. 2020, www.k­.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/. “Mental Health - Household Pulse Survey - COVID-19.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 Dec. 2020, Hamel, Liz, and Alina Salganico­. “Is There a Widening Gender Gap in Coronavirus Stress?” Kaiser Family Foundation, 7 Apr. 2020, www.k­.org/policy-watch/is-there-widening-gender-gap-in-coronavirus-stress/. Beheshti, Naz. “10 Eye-Opening Statistics On The Mental Health Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 28 May 2020, Gramigna, Joe. “80% Of Americans Intend to Regularly Practice Self-Care after COVID-19 Pandemic.” Healio, 12 June 2020, Lempert, Phil. “Food Trends Forecast 2021: Being Healthy In A Post Covid-19 World.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 21 Oct. 2020, McAlister, Lauren. “Here's How COVID-19 Has Changed Fitness.” Mindbody, 2020,‑tness. Stahl, Ashley. “What The Future Of Work Means For Our Mental Health.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 7 Oct. 2020,



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