ArticlesMental Health and COVID-19: Challenges and Multimodal Clinical SolutionsMasand, Prakash MD; Patkar, Ahaan; Tew, Christine MS, LCMHC, LCAS; Hoerner, Alissa; Szabo, Steven T. MD, PhD; Gupta, Sanjay MDAuthor Information MASAND, HOERNER, GUPTA: Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE), New York, NY PATKAR: Research Triangle High School, Durham, NC TEW: Duke Outpatient Clinic, Durham, NC SZABO: Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE), New York, NY; Duke University Medical Center and Durham VA Healthcare System, Durham, NC The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the US government. P.M. reported in the past 12 months providing consultation services for Acadia, Allergan, Eisai, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Lundbeck, Sunovion, and Takeda. He provided research support for Allergan. He also reported involvement in the Speaker’s Bureau for Allergan, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Lundbeck, Sunovion, and Takeda. He is a shareholder in Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE) and Global Medical Education. S.T.S. reported in the past 36 months providing consultation services for Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Neurocrine Biosciences, Otuska Pharmaceuticals, Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, and Continuous Precision Medicine. He also holds a VA Career Development Award (IK2CX001397) from Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D). P.M., A.P., C.T., A.H., S.T.S., and S.G. are affiliated with the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence as co-founders, consultants, or employees. Please send correspondence to: Prakash Masand, MD, 26 East 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10065 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: July 2021 - Volume 27 - Issue 4 - p 254-264 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000560 Buy Metrics Abstract The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to an exponential rise in mental health issues. Studies have shown that, in times of increased unemployment rates and economic downturn, rates of mental health issues, suicide, substance use, and domestic violence tend to increase. Barriers to care, including stigma and decreased access to providers, contribute to morbidity and mortality. Telehealth services are being utilized to help increase access to care, and economic stimulus packages have been created to help with the financial burden that is often associated with increased mental health stressors. Efforts to prevent burnout and other policy recommendations can help decrease mental health issues in first responders and health care professionals, who are at an increased risk for these problems. Increasing the ability to provide wellness screenings to the general population, to educate the public about preventive measures and practices, and to provide mental health and substance use treatment, such as medication management and therapy services, are among top priorities to further reduce the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on mental illness. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.