The Role of Digital in Filling Growing Healthcare Demand
The mental health crisis in the United States has long been brewing with known barriers to care, including limited access, affordability, and stigma. In 2017, well before the COVID-19 pandemic, a quarter of adults with mental illness reported unmet needs for mental health treatment, and 60% of young people with major depression did not receive treatment.
Over the past year, the pandemic's prolonged and wide-spread isolation has amplified both the mental health crisis and the challenges of treating chronic diseases. The inter-relationship between mental health and chronic diseases has only become more evident as Americans find themselves shouldering the stress and anxiety of new realities like social distancing, shelter-in-place orders, unemployment, and illness.