More than half of adult Coloradans reported anxiety or at least one mental health symptom over the past year, according to a new survey conducted this summer.
About 55% of people who responded to the Colorado Health Foundation’s annual Pulse Poll said they had experienced anxiety, and 38% said they had experienced depression. The survey did not use diagnostic tools, so it is impossible to know exactly how people defined anxiety, or how severe their symptoms were.
Surveys of about 2,500 people have a margin of error of about 2.7%. This means that if 50% of people said they had experienced something, you might expect that there was somewhere between 47.3% and 52.7%.
Women under 50 were more likely to report mental health symptoms than men or older women. Women of color were more likely to report certain symptoms, such as extreme anxiety and feelings of sadness or loss, while white women were more likely to report that they had trouble concentrating.
People who had a low income or said their financial situation had worsened in the past year were also more likely to report symptoms of mental health than the general population. So did people with disabilities and people who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
The majority of people who said they were struggling with their mental health reported that they had spoken to someone for support, but only three in 10 said they had consulted with a mental health professional.
Of those who had children, half said that their children also experienced an increase in mental health stressors, such as anxiety, loneliness or stress, and 44% said the children had struggled with school in some way. . White and Native American parents were more likely to say that their children had mental health difficulties.
Lori Weigel, a pollster at Republican-leaning New Bridge Strategy, urged caution in reading too many who reported symptoms, noting that not everyone is comfortable discussing their mental health with a stranger who calls. Is. The Colorado Health Foundation signed contracts with both New Bridge and FM3 Research, a Democratic-leaning group.
“There are some who are willing to say that they are experiencing it,” she said.
COVID is no longer dominated by worries
Last year, COVID-19 was the top concern for those surveyed, with jobs and the overall state of the economy also listed as important issues. While respondents still listed the virus as a significant concern, it was close to other issues such as the state of government and politics; overdevelopment and overpopulation; and affordable housing.
Other issues showed little change. People’s perception of their finances hasn’t changed much since the summer of last year. About half of the respondents said their financial situation remained roughly the same, while the other half were split equally between those who said it was worse and those who said it was better.
About one-fifth were worried they might lose their home in the next year, and about a quarter were concerned about a consistent food supply, which was within a few percentage points of last year’s findings. Unsurprisingly, those with more education and higher incomes reported fewer financial concerns.
Thoughts on racial equality had not changed much either. The percentage of people who believed black, Hispanic or Asian colorists were more likely than white colorists to be mistreated by police officers increased by 2% across the board, and the percentage who believed in those groups was reduced. Unfair treatment in health care settings could be counterproductive. -Point change.
It was a surprise, said Dave Metz, a pollster with FM3. It looked like awareness of racial inequality may have faded compared to last year, when a Minneapolis police officer surveyed just months after the murder of George Floyd.
“Overall, there is more stability than change,” he said.