CCIS Spotlight: Mental Health

The COVID Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Mental Health Spotlight highlights the inequitable mental health impacts of the pandemic and the need for accessible behavioral health resources.

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Summary of key findings

  • The reported rate of poor mental health among CCIS survey respondents was three times as high as the reported rate in the 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2019 BRFSS), with a third of adults surveyed in the CCIS currently reporting poor mental health.
  • People experiencing poor mental health were two to three times as likely to experience significant barriers to accessing care such as appointment delays/cancellations, concerns about contracting COVID-19, not having a private place for a telehealth appointment, cost/insurance coverage, and lack of safe transportation.
  • Assistance with tele-health barriers made up three of the top five resources that those with poor mental health requested.
  • Requests for suicide prevention and crisis management resources were as high as 11% among certain subpopulations, and highest among transgender people, non-binary people, and people questioning their gender identity. 
  • People experiencing poor mental health are more likely to report having had a change in their work status because of childcare. Most people experiencing poor mental health are currently working. 
  • People experiencing poor mental health are also more likely to report being worried about basic needs like getting medication and paying bills. Nearly half of respondents worry about paying bills, and one in four worry specifically about paying housing-related bills. Some subpopulations are significantly less able to access essential resources  like food, masks, medication, and internet right now.  
  • While there has been an increase in people reporting poor mental health across all demographic groups, some populations are still significantly more likely to report poor mental health: People of transgender experience, non-binary people and those questioning their gender identity; LGBQA+ people; people with disabilities; American Indian/Alaska Natives; Hispanic/Latinx community; people who identify as multi-racial; people between the ages of 25-44; people with lower income; and caregivers of adults with special needs.

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