As the coronavirus pandemic continues its course, the nation’s focus remains on protecting the health and well-being of all. Over the past few months, most people have hunkered down at home in efforts to flatten the curve, while health care professionals have been on the front lines risking their lives to treat COVID-19 patients. In light of these sudden lifestyle changes due to the outbreak, mental health awareness has become increasingly important, as many are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and socially isolated.

While mental health issues have not always been at the forefront of public health and safety concerns, COVID-19 has shed light on the necessity of adequate access to care for mental and behavioral health services. Historically, patients seeking care for mental health illnesses have faced barriers in terms of obtaining proper health insurance coverage as well as the limited number of healthcare professionals rendering these sorts of services.

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