The COVID-19 pandemic prompted stay at home orders and required millions of schools and businesses to close their doors. The lives of U.S. workers took a sharp and unpleasant turn almost overnight, accompanied by a barrage of daily announcements about safety protocols, hospital shortages, death tolls, layoffs, and financial meltdown.
What has all of this meant for the mental health of working Americans?
Total Brain created the Mental Health Index to allow the public and corporations to measure mental health progress and performance against a valid national benchmark. The Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition contains data drawn from a weekly randomized sample of 500 working Americans taken from a larger universe of Total Brain users that includes workers from all walks of life and regions. The data is not survey data by nature. It comes from a mix of validated tasks and questions that are part of a unique neuroscientific assessment of the Total Brain.
The participant assessments used to compile the Mental Health Index are taken weekly from Feb. 3 to April 19. The assessment questions are identical to Total Brain’s standard weekly assessments. Total Brain collected responses across the entire Total Brain U.S. user base, from all who voluntarily participated. Total Brain performed statistical analysis of the data from a random sampling of up to 500 users each week since February 2020. Sample is drawn from a universe of US workers that include most US regions, job levels, occupations, industries and types of organizations (public vs. private).