About 50 million Americans suffered from mental illness in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the latest data from Mental Health America, a nonprofit advocacy group in Alexandria, Virginia. Naturally, an increase in stress, worry and depression has also led to an increase in the number of people seeking treatment or therapy, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

In 2020, 20.3 percent of adults received mental health treatment within the past year, according to the data. The pandemic also highlighted the disparities in mental health coverage compared to options available for physical health coverage, as outlined in a July 2021 study.

If there's a positive to be gained from these trends, it's that the debate on the importance of mental health coverage has become more prevalent, accompanied by a reduction in the stigma around seeking support for mental illness.

Still, that's not to say all