Telehealth concept Not surprisingly, we can expect virtual and tele-behavioral health to play a larger role in employers’ mental health strategies. (Photo: Shutterstock)

For months now, we’ve heard about “flattening the curve”–slowing the number of COVID-19 cases to prevent health care systems from being overwhelmed. Now, we’re beginning to hear more about a new curve that will need flattening: the mental health curve. Social distancing and isolation, job losses, illnesses–the complete disruption in Americans’ daily lives has taken a heavy toll. And as we attempt to return to a “normal” that will never look like life pre-COVID, the role of mental health resources is going to be crucial.

According to a recent survey from Teledoc, 47% of Americans say their mental health has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (that number rises to 61% among laid off or furloughed workers), but only 27% say their employers are being proactive about providing mental health resources.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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