Mental Health Providers Take Steps To Meet Growing Need During The Pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are reporting symptoms of depression, according to a recent study in the journal JAMA Network Open. The study finds those with lower incomes and high exposure to coronavirus stressors are at greatest risk. In rural Ford County, more people have reached out for help recently, says Laurelyn Cropek, executive director of the Community Resource and Counseling Center in Paxton, Ill. The CRCC provides mental health treatment, substance use services and psychiatric care for children and adults. The pandemic has caused the CRCC, like many other health care providers, to shift to providing more services virtually, which has created both challenges and opportunities. Most clients are seen via teletherapy, which can make counseling services more accessible to people who live farther away or want more privacy, she says.