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Number of Americans who recently received mental health

counseling or therapy, late July, 2021: 22.3 million

Increase from late August, last year: 22.42 percent

Number of Americans saying they need mental health assistance but

aren’t getting it, July, 2021: 23.6 million

Increase from last summer: c. 33 percent

Number of Americans now taking prescription drugs to help with

emotional or mental health: 46.4 million

Increase from last summer: 24.06 percent

 

(Source: “U.S. Mental Health Under Growing Strain in Covid’s Second Summer,” by Alexandre Tanzi, Bloomberg.com, August 12, 2021, U.S. Mental Health Under Growing Strain in Covid’s Second Summer – Bloomberg)