You've heard the stat before, but we're gonna share it with you again: One in five Americans has a mental health condition. That's 40 million people.
With so many Americans living with mental illness, you have to wonder: How does our country handle mental health treatment? Thanks to nonprofit organization Mental Health America's (MHA) recent State of Mental Health in America report, you can find out.
After looking at 15 different factors ranging from the number of adults with a mental illness (and the health care they do or do not receive) to the number of people working in mental health services between 2011 and 2014, MHA ranked each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on how they handle mental health treatment.
The final results of MHA's investigation might surprise you: Although Americans' access to mental health services has increased, a whopping 56 percent of adults with mental illness still do not receive treatment.
MHA hopes its insights will improve Americans' understanding of what mental illness looks like, how mental health treatment changes over time, and why we need to start a conversation about the state of mental health in our country. That conversation is especially important among state governments — because, as MHA suggests in its report, states could use the data to compare policies and find out what works and what doesn't when it comes to mental health services. (Read: Maybe Nevada could learn a thing or two from Connecticut.)
Curious to learn how your state ranks? Find it on the list below.
- South Dakota
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- New York
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
For more information on the State of Mental Health in America, check out MHA's infographic below and read the full report here.
[h/t Mental Health America]