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The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.

To learn more about our nation’s mental health, Anthem and its affiliated health plans recently issued an inaugural report, State of the Nation’s Mental Health, which is based on an analysis of healthcare claims and an Anthem-commissioned nationwide clinician survey. The report’s broad takeaway is that, in spite of Americans’ increased mental distress due to the pandemic, there is a disconnect between this escalated distress and a flat rate of diagnoses in 2020, which could have implications for the nation’s long-term mental health.