Nearly 70% of youth in Vermont reported that the COVID-19 pandemic made their anxiety/worry, mood, or loneliness "a little" or "a lot" worse. (2020 VT Youth Planet Survey). In addition to long waitlists and social stigmas, it can be cost-prohibitive to seek mental healthcare because it is often poorly covered by insurance. The pandemic and the economic recession have negatively impacted many people's mental health and created new barriers for mental illness and substance use disorders. More resources are needed to address the capacity of local communities to meet the needs of those struggling most.
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