Ranking the States – Mental Health America Releases its Annual Report

Mental Health America (MHA) recently released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which assesses the mental health status of U.S. youth and adults and ranks all 50 states based on their effectiveness in addressing treatment needs, access, and outcomes.

MHA uses 15 different measures to establish a baseline to understand and rank states on mental health prevalence, insurance coverage, and access to treatment.

While overall mental health prevalence has not changed – 1 in 5 U.S. adults have a mental health condition – MHA found that mental health issues among our nation’s youth are increasing. For example, youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% to 8.2% over a five-year period and about half of kids age 11-17 report thinking about suicide or harming themselves.

MHA also reports that while more of us have insurance coverage enabling access to care, 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.

Access the full report here.