MISSOULA — Missoula City Club met virtually Monday afternoon to discuss the effects COVID-19 has had on people’s mental health.
The presentation brought together mental health experts and MCPS superintendent Rob Watson -- all of whom discussed how their organizations have tried to offer new and innovative mental health resources through the pandemic.
Those resources have been taxed though, according to officials --not just due to more cases, but also the severity of those cases.
"Many individuals who previously might have sought out a therapeutic intervention well before experiencing that emergency are now waiting because they are isolating," said Western Montana Health Center CEO Levi Anderson. "They are reluctant to go into a care environment, so we are seeing more people hit that point of a mental health emergency."
Local officials add that replicating the feel of in-person care is still one of the more difficult obstacles right now.