America needs to expand mental health access to everyone. Too many people are experiencing increased anxiety and depression during the pandemic. Some of it is our country’s leadership and the upcoming election. Certainly, social distancing and isolation aggravate mental health issues. Vulnerable people need mental health access. Ken Duckworth is the medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Recently, he sad, “It’s also really important to remember that one in five Americans had a diagnosed mental health condition before the pandemic.“
Those people still need access to mental health care. Duckworth stressed the importance of telehealth services and phone sessions for people without internet access. “Pain shared is pain halved,” said Duckworth.