More than 60 million people in the United States live with mental or substance use disorders, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Now, nearly half of Americans say the pandemic is harming their mental health. Calls to crisis hotlines are increasing by 1,000%. According to a new report released by Well Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, more Americans are feeling scared, distressed, anxious, depressed and hopeless, leading to a possible increase of 75,000 deaths. APHA has long supported parity for physical and mental health and believes we need to pay attention now more than ever to reduce these deaths of despair.