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New survey finds increasing number of Massachusetts residents in need of behavioral healthcare

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1 in 3. That's how many Massachusetts adults reported needing behavioral healthcare for themselves or a close relative in the first year of the pandemic.

The need was was higher among three groups: young adults between the ages of 19 and 39, people of color, and lower-income populations.

This is according to a new survey of more than 17-hundred residents, which was commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

Of the survey respondents who said they needed help, 64-percent say the pandemic exacerbated that need.

Dr. Carlos Cappas, Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Lynn Community Health Center, joins us to talk more about the results.

This segment aired on February 8, 2022.

Deborah Becker Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.


Amanda Beland Producer/Director
Amanda Beland is a producer and director for Radio Boston. She also reports for the WBUR newsroom.



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