Caitlin Owens
Oct 30, 2021 - Health

4. The mental health system is buckling under pandemic demand

Illustration of a caduceus and a prescription pad on a collage of torn paper
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There's been a drastic increase in the number of Americans who need mental health care, putting even more stress on a system that was already strained by the significantly lower pre-pandemic demand.

Between the lines: In a competition for scarce resources, the most vulnerable people — particularly those who don't have access to care or can't afford it — are most likely to lose out.

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