The UK was already facing a mental health crisis before coronavirus came along, but the psychological impact of the pandemic has made things worse - and further entrenched existing inequalities.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), almost one in five adults are likely to be experiencing some form of depression - doubled from one in 10 before the pandemic.
Our own research reveals that many people are seeking mental health support for the first time.
We surveyed 800 people about their experiences accessing therapy or counselling during the pandemic. Encouragingly, 75% of those who had started therapy said it was helping and 70% would seek therapy or counselling again in the future if needed.
But it's harder for some people to access therapy than others, and experiences of therapy itself can differ drastically - if it's offered at all.
Accessing the right kind of care is easier for some than others, and people aren't on equal footing in the first place.
For Black people, recent global events highlighting structural racism and police brutality, combined with the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black African and Black Caribbean people in the UK, has been a double blow to mental health.
Often, other factors that influence mental health inequalities overlap, compounding the problem.
The says that people with disabilities, people living in social housing, women, non-binary people and people with previous experience of mental health issues are more likely to struggle mentally as a result of the pandemic.
'Systemic racism can foster distrust in the healthcare system and make people reluctant to seek help,' explains Natalie Creary, director of , an organisation working to address Black mental health inequalities.
It's a similar story with mental health. No wonder, when Black people receive lower levels of referrals to talking therapies, but a recent revealed that they're more than four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people.
Wider societal inequality issues are also reflected in mental health: our survey found that people from BAME backgrounds were more likely to report struggles due to employment or financial issues (33%) than white respondents (23%).
People from BAME groups were also more likely to be seeking help for the first time (68% compared with 52% of white respondents).
Creary says it's important for people to know their rights when accessing services and to feel empowered in knowing what information they need.
One way this can happen is through peer support and advocacy services, which can be accessed through charities and community groups.
It can also be useful to have a friend or family member help you with researching your options and contacting support groups, if this is an option for you.
She says that right now, there's just not enough cultural sensitivity embedded within mainstream therapy services. For many of her clients, working with a Muslim therapist is important, as culture plays a big role in their identity.
Natalie Creary agrees, saying there is also a lack of Black therapists in the NHS and that a lot of Black therapists work in the private sphere, which can be a cost barrier for many.
While not everyone from a BAME background will need or want a therapist from their same cultural or ethnic background, the overwhelming whiteness of NHS therapy is an issue.
It can be a deterrent to seeking help all together and result in poorer outcomes from treatment.
Creary points out that Black people can feel exhausted by having to spend their first few sessions of therapy explaining the mental health impact of racism.
The NHS has started referring people to culturally specific therapy run by charity organisations, but this isn't standard and is for now mostly concentrated in larger cities.
Creary says the NHS is sceptical of African-centred therapies, meaning it's difficult to access them via the service.
Last summer, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens told NHS staff that 'more systematic action is needed to tackle the underlying causes of health inequality' within the organisation.
Of our survey respondents, 11% said that they were receiving mental health support from a charity or local community organisation.
These organisations often step in to fill gaps in NHS or other mainstream routes to therapy and aim to help redress the financial restrictions that can come with accessing private therapy.
The challenge for grassroots organisations is that demand often outstrips supply.
, which launched last year to provide free therapy for Black people by Black therapists, has provided therapy to 500 people. But there are 2,500 people still on the waiting list, which has had to temporarily close while more funds are raised.
As Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, says, 'the work of organisations like this is fantastic, but it shouldn't let mainstream institutions off the hook'.
If you - or someone you know - needs mental health support, it's important to speak to someone.
A lot of people start with their GP, but there are also charities you can speak to, or you might have a local community group offering support.
If you want to search for a private therapist, you can try a therapist directory, such as: