Mental Health Statistics by State: How We Rank

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While many Americans struggle with mental illnesses like anxiety and PTSD, most of them do not seek treatment from a qualified professional. The ripple effects of unaddressed mental illnesses can be devastating. For example, depression increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Lost productivity due to poor mental health also has an economic impact, costing the American economy up to $1 billion per year.

2023 State of Mental Health Report

To provide a snapshot of mental health status among youth and adults in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Mental Health America has published its 2023 State of Mental Health Report. Among other things, this national survey aims to determine how many adults and young people struggle with mental health and substance use disorders, while identifying which states have more uninsured people and higher barriers to accessing mental health care.

MHA’s data compilation provides a baseline for answering questions about how many people in America need and can access mental health services. While the report does not paint a complete picture of the American mental health system, it provides a foundation for understanding the prevalence of mental health concerns nationwide.

To compile the report, MHA identified 15 measures of mental illness and access to care for adults and children, then combined their scores to make up the overall ranking. A higher ranking indicates less widespread mental illness, combined with easier access to care. Here’s how the three states we serve ranked in the report.

Pennsylvania – No. 2

Factors contributing to Pennsylvania’s high ranking included adults’ easy ability to see a doctor when they were feeling mentally unwell and a low number of students diagnosed with emotional disturbances.

Massachusetts – No. 3

Variables that had the most significant effects on Massachusetts’ overall third-place ranking were students who needed individualized educational programs to manage emotional disturbances and a low number of adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment for it.

Hawaii – No. 18

Coming in 18th on the list puts Hawaii close to the middle of the list, which indicates average scores across the 15 measures.

Why Choose Providence Treatment?

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We know you have worked hard to climb the ladder and be a high achiever, and we do not want you to sacrifice the career you’ve built while you get the help you need to heal from a substance use disorder. For more information on our Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Hawaii accredited addiction treatment options, reach out to our knowledgeable admissions team today.

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