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Vote on mental health policy to save lives and money in this year’s elections

By Kate Fox, DBHIDS

We’ve all been more than a little preoccupied with the omnipresent pandemic that is COVID-19. The United States has recently surpassed over 200,000 COVID-related deaths, many of us are juggling virtual schooling, caregiving, and remote or in-person work, and this week Pennsylvania and New Jersey have reported their highest case levels since late spring. The pandemic has shone a light on our society’s existing racial disparities in health care, in education, and in the workforce.

While our focus for this pandemic is primarily on stopping the spread of an infectious disease, we must also consider the implications for our mental health and well-being.

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Vote on mental health policy to save lives and money in this year’s elections