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The exponential growth in need for services combined with a major shortage of providers presents a significant challenge for employers looking to meet their employees’ mental health needs. (Photo: Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.com)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has generated a surge in stress and anxiety, creating a need for employers to step up their mental health offerings. According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, Americans are experiencing higher levels of general stress than in recent years. The Lancet Psychiatry Journal recently found that 20% of COVID-19 patients later developed a mental illness, and TouchCare’s own member data shows that behavioral health-related inquiries have doubled since March and the first wave of COVID.

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