Experts see rise in mental health disorders as pandemic drags on

  • Joyce Benoist

  • J.F. Benoist

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Chief Executive Officer Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita stands outside the Big Island Substance Abuse Council office in Keaau on Friday.

More people are seeking help to treat mental illnesses and substance abuse as the Delta variant of COVID-19 causes a surge in case counts, hospitalizations and deaths in Hawaii and across the nation.