Telehealth concept Access to a mental health professional could be critical during a season where many report elevated feelings of depression and anxiety. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Since March, the country’s attention has been rightfully focused on stopping the coronavirus pandemic. But as workplaces have shifted online and social gatherings have been discouraged, people are more isolated than ever before.

For those experiencing depression and anxiety, the side effects of the pandemic may be monumental, especially for those in rural areas with no mental health care providers in close proximity. In fact, 65% of rural areas don’t have close access to a psychologist or psychiatrist – leaving even more limited options during a time when medical practices are reducing hours and shifting online.

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