Patients deserve better. They lack access to and engagement with quality care — especially behavioral healthcare. Behavioral health goes beyond diagnosable mental health — everyone struggles with days that feel depressing or times that induce anxiety — you don’t need a prescription to know this. As of 2019, one in five Americans were living with a diagnosable behavioral health issue like anxiety or depression. That number skyrockets when you add chronic conditions like diabetes, insomnia, mental illness, pain management, and substance abuse. And in all cases — diagnosable or not — behavioral health impacts overall health outcomes.
What’s worse, two-thirds of people who suffer from behavioral health issues never get proper treatment for these elevated risk factors. That was all before COVID-19. Mental health IS health and should be treated as such.