Commonwealth Fund June 24, 2021
Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter


COVID-19 has exacerbated anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems and highlighted the U.S. health system’s failures

The U.S. needs to do a better job of integrating mental health services with primary care and make it easier for people to get treatment

The time may be ripe to reshape the nation’s mental health care system. As more Americans than ever grapple with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges —problems heightened by the pandemic — an influx of new funding from the federal government has opened up possibilities for needed reform.

Approaches taken in other countries can be a source of inspiration. In nations as diverse as Australia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, and Uganda, a variety of strategies have been...

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