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Stress man and walls Faced with increasing rates of recurrent panic attacks, employers and health plans need new approaches to help their employees and members.

It’s well known that COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the mental health of Americans. But just how many of us have been impacted is stunning.

Before the pandemic, one in five adults were affected by a mental health condition, driving U.S. health costs of $225 billion. During COVID-19, the percentage of people reporting anxiety and depressive disorders skyrocketed from 11 percent to 40 percent in just one year. Employers are paying attention. Forty-four percent of human resources decision-makers and 27% of health plan leaders stated increased access to mental health services will become a long-term solution for their organization, according to a March 2021 report from Evernorth, the health services arm of Cigna.

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