A running theme in the Netflix Stranger Things series is mental health issues in young people. Despite all the gore and creepy Dungeons & Dragons-influenced villains, the storyline focuses on children who are suffering from grief, guilt, and depression after going through the trauma of witnessing a loved one die. This is painfully close to our real life news, and it is why we are following the release of a new legislative proposal that creates a federal “bill of rights” for the availability of telehealth for mental health care. If passed, the legislation would eliminate the Medicare rule that an in-person visit is required before tele-mental health services can begin — and like all things in American health care insurance coverage, where Medicare goes, the private sector will follow. The other key part of the proposal is that it would help get kids the behavioral health counseling they need in school (there is an additional connection here to a theme in Stranger Things about school bullying). This proposal is coinciding with the bipartisan talks about investing in mental health and gun safety after the elementary school tragedy in Uvalde. So, just like Season 4 of Stranger Things, there is a lot of terrible things happening, but there is hope that we are going to get to a better season someday. Then we can go back to watching the impressive Millie Bobby Brown in more delightful roles.
June 3, 2022 | 2 min read
June 3, 2022
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