Special to TCPalm INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Walk-in mental-mental screenings here jumped by almost 20% last quarter, according to the Mental Health Association of Indian River County. The organization presented its most recent statistics Wednesday to the Indian River County Hospital District, which provides funding for some services. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, MHA served 468 clients, and provided 181 mental-health screenings. That’s up from the same quarter in 2019, when MHA served 417 clients and provided 151 screenings. More: Hospital District: More Indian River residents sought help with medical bills in past year MHA Chief Operating Officer Angela Guzenski said the pandemic has driven more people to seek behavioral-health services, and many are looking for telehealth options rather in-person services. “I think a lot of people are depressed and in limbo right now,” said Guzenski. “They want to come in for services so we’re trying to do telehealth, but we would really like to see them in person.” Sheana Firth, MHA director of marketing, said there are two good things to come out of the pandemic, and one of them is breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. “It’s been on the news. People are realizing they are one life event away from needing help, and they are more comfortable in seeking help,” said Firth. “And the second is telehealth is something we think is here to stay.” While the community is going through the COVID-19 pandemic, the next real pandemic will be in mental health, not just […]