The pandemic has not only strained our health system but pushed an already lacking mental health care system to the brink. As many Americans struggle with stress, isolation and mental health issues, some are better positioned to get the help they need.

Like other areas of health care, there are significant disparities in access between different economic and racial groups. Adding to the complexity is the stigma associated with mental illness, which also varies among ethnic groups.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics 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.