A couple months ago I asked people to take a mental health survey as part of a deep dive for my new project. The responses were extremely interesting so I’d love to share a rundown with you. Thanks to everyone who responded 🙏.
I’ll be starting a new survey in the coming weeks, this time helping inform my initial positioning for the service as well as making some key directional decisions for the pricing model.
Demographics for the 22 respondents
- 19 between 18–35 years old with the rest older than 36.
- 16 male, 6 female
- 17 white, 2 Asian, 1 black, 1 native Hawaiian, 1 mixed
- 8 in California, 8 in Florida, the rest between Georgia, DC, NYC, Ohio, and Wisconsin
- 12 in a relationship, 6 single, 2 married, 2 divorced
Although the meat and potatoes are in the post below, I want to keep the key takeaways easily digestible (those who want to dive deeper, I highly recommend reading through).
- Vast majority of respondents are extremely interested in improving their mental health but don’t feel that current mental health solutions fit their needs well
- Although extremely interested in improving their mental health, respondents seemed much less interested in therapy/counseling in specific
- Majority of respondents associate mental health improvement more with a gym than a hospital
- Vast majority of respondents have a friend or coworker who is open about their mental health
- All but one respondent have been depressed themselves or know someone who expressed being depressed. Same goes for being loney.
- The vast majority of respondents have either been suicidal or known someone who expressed being suicidal *this one surprised me
- All but three respondents have felt like they or someone they know couldn’t find someone to talk to when needed
- All but three respondents believe there is a negative stigma around focusing on their mental health
- Only a handful of respondents have called a crisis/suicide hotline or know someone who has
- Only two respondents believe that those who need mental health help urgently will actually call a hotline
- The vast majority of respondents don’t follow any media that focuses on mental health even though they’ve self-reported as being very interested in improving their mental health
Experience with Therapy/Counseling
Attitudes towards mental health today
Finding someone to talk to
Social Circles and Stigma around mental health
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