NASHVILLE (WSMV) -The pandemic is taking a huge toll on the mental health of thousands. It has created a shortage in the number of behavioral therapists available.
Nali Hodds was headed to UT, about to be on her own at college for the very first time. That is when the symptoms started.
“She started really struggling with anxiety. She was having trouble sleeping, and having trouble concentrating,” said Amy Sulam-Gibbs, Hodd’s mother.
Sulam-Gibbs began looking for a therapist.
“There were no appointments available,” she said. “And it took forever.”
Sulam-Gibbs calls the situation unacceptable since the truth about mental health help is: when you need it, you need it immediately.
“You know, people should be able to easily scroll through google and find a provider that can take care of them, if not that day, that week,” said Sulam-Gibbs.
The CEO of Tennessee Voices, Rikki Harris, said the situation is