As the pandemic continues, more young Americans are seeking mental health counseling

Jamie BallardData Journalist
October 08, 2020, 6:30 PM UTC

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have faced challenges related to their mental health. A YouGov poll from August 2020 found that 31 percent of Americans said their mental health had worsened during the pandemic.  

New data finds that nearly a quarter (23%) of 18-to 24-year-olds say they’ve sought mental health counseling during the pandemic. This is a noticeable increase from April 2020, when 13% of adults under 25 reported that they had turned to a mental health professional during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Americans aged 25-34 are similarly likely (22%) to have also sought mental health counseling recently, up from 18% in April. Among those who are 55 or older, just 5% say they’ve sought counseling during the coronavirus pandemic.   

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Methodology: YouGov asked 6,295 US adults on October 7-8, 2020: “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, have you sought any kind of mental health counseling?” The same question was asked of 14,082 respondents previously on April 28-29, 2020. The surveys were carried out online. Data were weighted on age, education, gender, race, and Census region to be nationally representative of adults in the United States.      

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