Studies have shown that over 20% of adults reporting poor mental health also report not receiving counseling or therapy during the past couple of years because of the pandemic. Telehealth has played a particularly significant role in meeting the need for mental health services. Many organizations have improved coverage and access for mental health and substance use.
According to a study conducted by the American Telemedicine Association, it is estimated that there are currently about 7 million Americans using some form of telehealth services. This number is only expected to grow in the coming years as more and more people become aware of the many benefits that telehealth has to offer.
While other outpatient use of telehealth has decreased, mental health and substance abuse services using telehealth have continued to be utilized by a large number of people.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental health disorder in a given year. Mental health disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or income level.
Mental health disorders can cause a great deal of distress and can lead to problems at work, in school, and with interpersonal relationships. In some cases, mental health disorders can be life-threatening.
Telehealth services can provide access to quality care from mental health professionals who can help with issues like depression, anxiety, work-related stress, strained relationships, substance abuse, and poor work-life balance.