Thanks to the pandemic, we’re seeing a sizable surge in mental and behavioral health care demand, according to the National Council for Behavioral Health.
In fact, according to a recent survey from the group, 52% of behavioral health organizations are seeing an increase in demand. At the same time, capacity is decreasing, with 54% of mental health programs closing. Up to 65% of such programs have been forced to cancel, or turn away patients. That’s creating a massive problem for millions still in desperate need for mental health care, while driving a good deal of interest in virtual mental health care.
In addition, “According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2018 one in five adults in U.S. had a mental illness. There has been a significant rise in telemental health visits over the past decade in the developed countries such as U.S., U.K., Germany, and Spain and the trend is expected to continue during the forecast period, thereby contributing to the adoption of virtual mental health consultation by hospitals and healthcare settings.”