5 Facts About Mental Health Care During the First Year of the Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health in America, the full scope of which is still unfolding.


Social isolation, the shutdown of schools and businesses, and restrictions on in-person health care services became the new normal by mid-2020.


Yet even before the pandemic, mental health advocates raised concerns over the mental health needs of Americans.


For that reason, Foothold Technology identified five insights about mental health and mental health care during 2020, using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


One in 5 people live with a mental health issue, according to findings from a 2020 SAMHSA study.

A Majority of Americans Said the Pandemic Negatively Impacted Their Mental Health

More than half of the population aged 18 or older reported that COVID-19 had a negative impact on their emotional or mental health, according to SAMHSA.

The data shows that people with existing mental health problems and those with severe mental illness were more likely to report that the pandemic had an impact on their mental health.

1 in 10 People Said They Were Unable to Access Mental Health Care

SAMHSA’s report showed 38.7% of U.S. adults experienced delays or cancellations in receiving mental health services during the first year of the pandemic.

Cost Was the Most Common Barrier to Mental Health Treatment

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