Demand for mental health services is putting a strain on providers and resources

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The mental strain of the pandemic has been rough on a lot of people.

Once things shutdown, the number of people who cited isolation or loneliness as a cause of their depression or anxiety jumped to 70-percent.

That’s according to a study done by mental health of America.

Jeni Gronemus is a Behavioral Care Therapist at Prevea Health. She says while the demand for mental health services is always high. Lockdowns and physical distancing have forced providers to find new ways to connect with patients.

Gronemus said, “Telehealth is a new way to provide therapy i think that is going to stick around and people do prefer that i think that will probably always be an option a better option for some people while other people might prefer that face-to-face interaction.”

Gronemus says if you cannot make an appointment with a mental health care professional, alternatives are hotlines, various apps on your mobile phone, and websites.

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