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Woman sitting on stairs Health insurance companies, self-funded employers, and the health care community cannot catch all the cases of mental illness. (Photo: Shutterstock)

We have deduced that we had a mental health epidemic in the US before the pandemic. And employer medical claims likely miss more than 75% of employee mental health issues. Our mental health epidemic starts long before people are adults.

As a reference, before the pandemic in February 2019, the University of Michigan reported that about one in seven teens and children “have at least one treatable mental health disorder, including depression, anxiety or ADHD.”

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