Day after day, for more than a year now, we have had to live with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The isolation, the financial strain and the overall stress have taken a toll on the nation's collective mental health.
Studies show that over a single month in 2020, 25% of young adults in the U-S seriously considered suicide.
On Wednesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report that calls for intergrating behavioral health and primary care services to address the growing mental health issues that have stemmed from the pandemic.
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is the co-chair of BPC's Behavioral Health Integration Task Force. He said the mental health crisis should be seen as the "second pandemic."
Rep. Kennedy outlined the task force's suggested solutions.