How to Find Mental Health Support When Access Is Limited
The gap between those who need mental healthcare and those who actually have access to it remains quite substantial, according to the World Health Organization. And this divide, between need and access, was an issue long before the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Jillian Hughes, a crisis counselor and the communications director for the community-based nonprofit organization Mental Health America (MHA), nearly a quarter of adults with mental illness in the United States are not able to receive the treatment they need—a stat that hasn't declined in the last 10 years.
“People looking for mental health treatment who are unable to get it face these barriers and more: no insurance or limited coverage of services, an overall undersized mental health workforce, and lack of available treatment types, like inpatient treatment, individual therapy, or intensive community services,” Hughes explains.
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