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COVID-19 Mental health effects discussed in Missoula

COVID-19 Mental Health
Posted at 8:38 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 10:38:06-04

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.