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Brain with gears Mental health has been lurking in the shadows for many years and the pandemic has placed a spotlight on its back.

One year of chaos, isolation and fear has resulted in a drastic increase in mental health concerns in the U.S. According to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report, the levels of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed and 19% (47.1 million) of Americans now have a mental health condition. We are simultaneously fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and a mental health pandemic.

Many people have struggled with mental health problems long before the pandemic introduced itself, but the conversation has become louder and more prominent. With increased suicide rates among children and adults, we are urged to take a look at what is being done to address these issues and support families. Are we relying on traditional health insurance benefits? Do we need to continue our efforts in moving toward more innovative and emerging solutions that employees and dependents can tap into?

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