States ranked on prevalence of mental illness, access to care

By Susan Gonsalves
April 5th, 2023
Jennifer M. Doran, Ph.D. , is president of the Connecticut Psychological Association.
Jennifer M. Doran, Ph.D., is president of the Connecticut Psychological Association.

Inequities also highlighted

Using data that does not reflect the COVID-19 pandemic era, nearly 50 million or 19.86 percent of American adults experienced a mental illness in 2019. And, 24.7 percent report an unmet need for treatment.

Further, only 27 percent of youth with severe depression receive consistent care and one in three do not receive treatment, even in states with greatest access to care.

These statistics are derived from the “State of Mental Health in America” report by the non-profit Mental Health America with data collected from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Education in...

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