Rising economic pressures and health concerns combined with social isolation during the COVID-19 outbreak have led to spikes in people seeking mental health care and using drugs and alcohol. This has sparked a rallying cry from experts and advocacy groups for more funding for treatments. A spokesperson for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration’s (SAMHSA) disaster distress hotline increased 891 percent from March 2019 to March 2020. Experts worry the current mental health infrastructure is not enough to support the uptick in services necessary during the health crisis.

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