Hendricks County 
COVID-19 Mental Health Survey Findings

About the Survey

The Hendricks County Health Partnership conducted a survey in 2020 to better understand the mental well-being, priorities, lifestyle changes, and concerns of Hendricks County residents throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This survey consisted of 28 questions that covered the following areas: demographic information of participants, awareness of mental health resources in Hendricks County, concerns and priorities regarding the pandemic, self-perceived anxiety and depression due to the pandemic, substance use behaviors, symptoms of depression and anxiety, and thoughts on reopening the state. 428 residents of Hendricks County participated in this survey. 

A special thank you to all of the Hendricks County Health Partnership Partners who assisted in this process and helped distribute the survey to a wider audience. 


Table of Contents
Demographics
Mental Health Resource Knowledge
COVID-19 Impact
Prevalence of Mental Health Symptoms and Substance Use
Significant Findings

Survey Implications

Where to Go from Here

Who Responded to this Survey?

Summary of Demographics

The majority of our respondents were white females between the ages of 36-50. 

A little over half of our respondents annual household income was greater than $70,000.

 71% of respondents were employed. Healthcare and education were the two most common occupation of survey respondents.

Mental Health Resource Knowledge

Summary of Resource Knowledge

The majority of our respondents (53.7% ) indicated that they were either unsure or unaware of any mental health resources in Hendricks county. The mental health resources our respondents were most familiar with were Cummins Behavioral Health (76 responses) and Hendricks Therapy (29 responses). 

COVID-19 Impact 

Summary of COVID Specific Questions

This section contained questions specific to the impact of COVID-19 on Hendricks County residents.  Of the 428 responses we received, 242 participants either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I'm concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic".  In addition, 335 respondents indicated that the pandemic had either "definitely" or "probably" affected their mental health.  More than half the respondents indicated that COVID had caused them to feel more depressed. Similarly 64% of individuals responded that COVID had caused them to experience anxiety more than half of the days in a week.  Participants selected "social isolation" more often than any other concern they had regarding the pandemic.  "Staying healthy" was selected most often as a top priority of participants.

Top Priorities of Respondents in Order of Most Frequently Indicated to Least Frequently Indicated

"Other" Expanded

-Keeping Family Safe 11

-Maintaining Mental/Spiritual Health 3

-Helping Others 3

-Maintaining Progress with goals, education, work 3

-Physical Activity 3

Feedback Regarding Re-opening the State

Out of the 428 respondents 426 provided some level of feedback regarding how they feel about the state re-opening.               

From the feedback received we selected the following quotes that capture the general consensus of feedback received.

I feel like it has to happen. Healthy people should be able to live their lives. At risk people should isolate if they are concerned for their safety.
We need to exercise caution. People need to take this more seriously and we all need to do our part and wear masks.
A little nervous, but very ready for socialization and normalcy and less fear of income struggles.
Very Anxious - If people are not going to take the recommendations (social distancing, mask wearing, etc) seriously, we are going to see continuous increases in cases and deaths. My sister is pregnant and my parents and in-laws are elderly and have health problems. Returning to school (I am a teacher) makes me very nervous that I could expose my loved ones to COVID-19 that I pick up from school, but staying completely away from them is very difficult when we are helping them with grocery shopping, cleaning their house, and driving them to medical appointments.
I have a lot of concerns about people not complying with mask wearing and social distancing recommendations. I am concerned that people who are ill will continue to go out in public and expose others.
I think if the state can get back to normal and people stopped being so afraid it would make me feel alot safer and happy, the virus has proven to not be as deadly as said. The people who are worried or high risk should have an option to stay home and keep away from people but should have to actually follow that for a minimal time frame. But definitely opening back up like normal would make me personally feel alot better.

Prevalence of Mental Health Symptoms and Substance Use

Summary of Results

When asked about increased substance use of alcohol or tobacco only 18% of survey participants indicated that they use substances more than half of the days out of a week. 52% of survey participants responded that they have felt more depressed since the start of the pandemic. 80% of participants responded that they have experienced anxiety more than half the days of the week. 

Significant Findings

There was a subtle correlation between Employment Status and Number of Mental Health Facilities Known. Those that identified as employed were more aware of mental health facilities in the county, and were able to list up to 4+ facilities maximum. The maximum number of facilities listed by individuals who were unemployed was 1. This could indicate that employed individuals are more connected and familiar with mental health resources in the county. However, those that are not affiliated with an organization due to unemployment are less connected to those resources and don't have knowledge of them.  

The data from these charts indicates 2 important findings. The first finding is that there is a large percentage of people that do not seek therapy when they experience symptoms of depression for 2 weeks or longer, even when they experience these symptoms nearly every day. The other finding is that the more frequent the symptoms of depression were, the more likely one was to seek therapy. The numbers were directly correlational, with increased frequency scaling with increased therapy. 

The data from this chart is similar to the previous chart on depression symptoms. Most respondents were unlikely to seek therapy, even when they experienced symptoms of anxiety nearly every day. However, the more frequent the symptoms of anxiety, the more likely they were to seek therapy. 

Out of all of the responses, the careers above had the highest rates of mental health being affected by the pandemic. This might be due to the majority of this work being heavily focused around several people, or it might be another circumstance not highlighted by this survey.  

Age Groups Most Concerned about Pandemic by Gender

Definitely Concerned:

Highest Responses- Males 26-35 | Females 13-18

Lowest Responses- Males 19-25  |

Definitely Not Concerned:

Highest Responses- Females 13-18 |

Lowest Responses- Female 19-25 & Males 19-35 |

Probably Concerned:

Highest Responses- Males 19-25 | 

Lowest Responses- Males 26-35  |

Probably Not Concerned:

Highest Responses- Males over 50 | 

Lowest Responses- Females 13-25 & Males 19-25  |

Unsure:

Highest Responses- Males 26-25 | 

Lowest Responses- Females 13-18 &  Males 19-25  |

The age portion of this data has interesting implications because  70% of the respondents for this survey were 36 and older, yet those that are more concerned are those younger than that age group.  COVID-19 has been shown to be significantly more lethal in higher age groups, so it is interesting how those most concerned were in the categories most likely to survive. 

Other Findings

Household income and degree to which pandemic has affected mental health is slightly statistically significant. Those that made less than $40,000 were more likely to have said their mental health was impacted by the pandemic.

53.3% of those who made under 10,000 a year stated that their mental health had definitely been affected.

Likewise, there was a statistically significant finding between those that reported financial worry and mental health being affected by the pandemic. Those that reported financial worry were 10% more likely to respond that they were affected by the pandemic.

There is a strong statistical significance between employment industry and how much the pandemic has affected mental health.

Indications from Survey

The results of the survey indicate that COVID-19 has  had a significant negative impact on the mental health of Hendricks county residents with an increase in anxiety as the leading symptom. The responses also show  that there is a lack of knowledge surrounding the mental health resources available in the county, especially if one is not currently working.  Those that are not directly involved or associated with businesses or organizations need to be included in community efforts, so that this disconnection from essential resources does not happen. The number of individuals that selected mental health as one of their top priorities demonstrates that this is an area worthy of further development in Hendricks County.  Within the responses themselves, the survey demographics clearly indicate that there is a need in the county to better reach minority populations, as well as those that make up lower income brackets. 


Where to Go from Here

There is a lot of work to be done in Hendricks County to make sure that our residents are aware of the resources in the county, especially during times of crisis. With the help of our partners and community, we will continue to strive to improve the health and wellbeing for the county.

A follow up COVID Impact Mental Health Survey will be live shortly similarly to this one. Please help in spreading the information to those in the community.

To view our resource guide and learn more about different resources in Hendricks County, please visit: Hendricks County Health Partnership Resource Guide