About the Mental Health Index

How Uncertain Times Impact the Mental Health of Working Americans

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?

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Insights & Impact

Stay updated with monthly Insights & Impact Reports on the state of working Americans’ mental health — fueled by Mental Health Index data.

Post-Holidays Provide Some Relief but PTSD Spikes Again with
Ongoing Uncertainty

2022 Q1 Update

Despite 23% increase in risk of general anxiety and 12% increase in stress February – May 2022; June saw risk of general anxiety tumble 23% and stress fall 15%

2022 Q2 Update

The Mental Health Index

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.

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The participant assessments used to compile the Mental Health Index are reported bi-monthly starting Feb. 3. 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).

Tools You Can Use

As a society, our brain is the most important asset we have. It is now imperative that we understand and monitor its capacity and the risk that such capacity gets impaired over time. But more importantly, it’s imperative that we do something about it as individuals, families, groups and organizations.


Stay up to date on mental health and well-being trends with the Total Brain Blog. It’s chock-full of insightful posts to help manage stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, and more.

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Strategies such as slow, deep breathing can be useful for managing stress and anxiety. Slow, deep breathing is one component of Total Brain’s Relieve Anxiety Journey.

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For insights on how to manage stress, overcome anxiety, and more, tune in to podcasts with host Dr. Evian Gordon PhD, MDA, Total Brain’s founder and renowned neuroscientist.

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Learn how controlled breathing exercises can help you manage 10 common stress and anxiety triggers U.S. workers are dealing with as a result of COVID-19.

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What is your emotional state today and risk of a mental condition? Start improving your mental health and fitness with free three-month access to the Total Brain app.

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Measure and improve your mental health with Total Brain, a neuroscience-based mental health and wellness app.

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The Total Brain Solution

Total Brain has partnered with more than 50 companies to boost productivity and insight, encourage healthy behaviors and lower mental health costs. By measuring, evaluating, and comparing assessment data for working Amercians, we seek to better inform and equip both employers and employees for success.

Mental Health Platform

Total Brain offers corporations and mental health professionals a scientifically proven method for monitoring and supporting mental health and wellness. View video overview.

Monthly Brain Assessments

Our participants take assessments every 30 days to measure their 12 core brain capacities and screen for the risk of seven common mental health conditions.

Brain Training

Each user receives a customized training plan including online cognitive, emotional and breathing exercises — all designed to improve mental fitness.

Measure the 12 brain capacities that define your mental health and screen for your risk of common mental conditions. Get a zero cost baseline evaluation of your organization to see how your organization stacks up against our Mental Health Index.