March 15, 2020 – Sapien Labs announces the launch of its inaugural Mental State of the World Report for 2020. This report is the first annual report of the Mental Health Million project providing a view of mental wellbeing trends across eight English speaking countries.
The Mental Health Million project was conceived as a public interest project to enable a comprehensive view of the evolving mental wellbeing of our world so that we can better manage it both individually and collectively. Mental wellbeing extends beyond our feelings of happiness or life satisfaction to encompass the breadth of our emotional, social and cognitive function and capabilities. The project utilizes a uniquely designed online assessment called the Mental Health Quotient, or MHQ. The MHQ scores mental wellbeing based on a comprehensive list of capabilities or assets as well as challenges that encompass symptoms across ten major mental health disorders, to reflect the spectrum of mental wellbeing across the general population. Furthermore, by incorporating demographic and life experience elements it can be used to gain deep insights into what drives our mental wellbeing status.
This report includes ~49,000 responses, providing comparisons of aggregate mental wellbeing and its six functional dimensions by countries, age groups and gender, with a particular focus this year on the impact of major lifestyle factors and Covid-19 related adversities and traumas. While the data represented in this report was collected beginning in April following the start of the Covid-19 lockdowns, a few thousand people were surveyed in 2019 offering a point of comparison. While it is clear that Covid has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on our mental wellbeing, the data tells a story of more long-term global challenges, only exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.
The report is available at mentalstateoftheworld.report